A Kings Mountain mother says thank you to National Guard soldiers who saved her daughter from an alleged sexual attack.
The mother and daughter met their heroes for the first time since the incident. The mom fought back emotions as she saw the soldiers who rescued her 16-year-old daughter
The family asked FOX46 to be there for the special moment. The mother wants to only be identified by her first name. We’ll hold back the daughter’s name to protect her identity.
"It's still emotional. I mean she can't even see cops without having to break down,” Christina said.
Christina, the victim’s mother, individually thanked every soldier who responded.
“We're here to thank these guys for the awesomeness for saving her that day. And making sure the attack did not happen to the extent that it could have happened,” she said.
On March 6th, the guard members were training when they heard screams coming from outside the National Guard facility in Kings Mountain.
Kings Mountain police say 19-year-old Kyle Matthew Moore was trying to assault the teenage girl, when guard members ran to the rescue.
The assault happened in broad daylight at the intersection of West Gold Street and Phifer Road.
National Guard members say they detained Moore until police arrived and he was arrested afterwards.
The mother and daughter are thankful the soldiers came to the rescue.
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office tells us Moore is still locked up and charged with second degree sexual offense and sexual battery.
It's FOX46 policy not to identify victims of rape. Police say this attack fell short of that and the alleged victim and her mother wanted to go public with their story.