Neighbors track down and beat man wanted in sexual assault of girl, 11

May 09, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A band of Brooklyn Park neighbors tracked down and beat up a man who had been sought by police on a charge of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl, authorities said yesterday.

Michael Austin Dring, 32, a resident of Brooklyn Park, was charged in a warrant nearly a week ago with kidnapping and sexual assault involving the girl - the daughter of a woman friend.

The incident allegedly took place April 29 after Dring picked up the girl from a house in the area. He dropped the girl off near a Pizza Hut at Ritchie Highway and 10th Avenue, leaving her to walk home, police said.

The girl reported the incident to her mother, prompting a call to the authorities, police said.

Although police obtained an arrest warrant for Dring, the band of neighbors got to him first early Monday - following the girl's mother as she delivered groceries to him at a house at Woodland and Obrecht roads in the Elvaton area, authorities said.

Police said three men physically overpowered Dring and called police. Officers arrived just before 1 a.m. to find Dring injured and on the ground, with the three men standing over him. They told police he was wanted in the molestation of a young girl.

Dring was treated for head and leg injuries at North Arundel Hospital before being booked on the charges. He was being held without bail yesterday at the county detention center on Jennifer Road.

Police said they did not lodge charges against the neighbors, because officers did not witness the confrontation and Dring made no complaint. The case remained under investigation yesterday, police said.

A department spokesman, Lt. Joseph E. Jordan, said police prefer that people call 911 when they know the whereabouts of a criminal suspect and let officers handle the matter.

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