July 15, 2015 10:40 AM

A young girl has her brother to thank for helping her thwart her would-be kidnapper.

The man tried to snatch Diavonnie Ingram on a busy Chicago street Monday at just after 7 a.m. “I was trying to grab anything I could to try and not go in to the van,” she told WLS.

But the man was foiled by Diavonnie’s brother Davonte, who grabbed his sister’s legs and managed to pry her from the abductor’s grasp, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“She was already halfway in to the van, like to the waist, and I had to grab her legs and keep pulling as hard as I could,” Davonte said.

The man let her go – but made off with some Diavonnie’s belongings in the process, police said.

The children’s mother praised her boy’s quick thinking. “My son to me is my hero, as well as hers,” Felicia Wings said. “And he’s always going to be our hero because he saved her life.”

The kids describe the man as Hispanic, about 20-30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and between 190 to 200 lbs.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 744-8261.

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