13-year-old helps assault victims in Branford - WFSB 3 Connecticut

13-year-old helps assault victims in Branford


A 13-year-old Clinton girl is being praised by the Branford Police Department after she helped stop the assault of an elderly couple Monday afternoon.

According to police, an elderly man was trying to parallel park on Main Street when he hit a parked car just before 4 p.m. 

Inside the parked car was an unidentified 19-year-old man, who suffers from a mental illness.

Police said the large man became "uncontrollably outraged" about the accident and attacked the husband and his wife when they got out to examine their car.

The teenager's car taillight was broken during the accident.

The elderly man and woman were pushed to the ground and the teenager kicked the woman in the face, police said. The man suffered a head injury in the fall, police said.

Jordan Ledyard told the media Thursday that she was with her mother, Jennifer Ledyard, visiting Mango's Bar and Grille Caribbean Restaurant, which was a short distance away from the incident. 

"He saw me on the phone and he started charging at me," said Jennifer Ledyard.

Jordan tried to screen her mother from the man and that is when she got hit in the mouth.

Jordan ran to help the husband and wife.

"There was an old lady on the ground and I helped her up," Jordan said. "And husband came over and said this man pushed them down and hit them in the face."

Jordan was able to get the husband and wife into a nearby doctor's office away from the man, police said.

The 19-year-old man is now facing multiple assault charges.

"I, along with all of the officers that responded are astonished by the gallant act of bravery that Jordan exhibited, putting herself in harm's way of someone who is at least three times her size to assist others during this crisis is truly a noble act," said Branford Police Chief Kevin Halloran in a statement Thursday.

According to Jordan, her classmates gave her a round of applause at school.

"I'm so proud of her," said Jennifer Ledyard. "She's unbelievable."

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