Siblings sheltered woman from armed rapist as he tried to burn down their home

POSTED: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 3:04pm

It has been nearly three weeks, but for 14-year-old James III and 11-year-old Acelyn Persyn, the memory is still fresh.

For the Persyn's it started when a Central Michigan University student frantically knocked on their door in Lincoln Township, trying to get away from Eric Ramsey, the man who kidnapped her from campus and then, raped her.

His next step was to kill her, but she got away.

"Just the way she was pounding on the door and her voice...it just sends shivers through your body," said James Persyn III.

The Persyns, who were home alone at the time, took her in and hid in the bathroom. While Ramsey banged on their door and set fire to their home, they called 911, saving the woman's life.

"There's no question about it that she would not be alive today had they not done that," said Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski.

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