A Florida father has revealed how he bravely confronted four teens with a gun after they allegedly attempted to kidnap his 17-year-old daughter and break into his home.
Terry Brackney's daughter, Amber Brackney, 17, was the alleged target of a foiled kidnapping plot, which saw four teenagers, armed with a knife, guns, and a roll of tape, surround their home in Crestview, Florida.
Keilon Johnson, 19, Austin French, 17, Tyree Johnson, 16, and Kamauri Horn, 15, have all been charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery following the November 7 incident.
Terry Brackney's (right) daughter, Amber Brackney (left), 17, was the alleged target of a foiled kidnapping plot, which saw four teenagers surround their home in Crestview, Florida.
On the night of the incident, Amber (pictured) had called her dad to tell him that someone had used barrels to block the road leading up to their home. Her father later confronted the teens
After his daughter avoided the first alleged kidnap attempt, Terry Brackney, 51, ran outside with his gun and found Keilon Johnson, 19, (right) and three friends trying to break into his garage, police say
On the night of the incident, Amber had called her dad to tell him that someone had used barrels to block the road leading up to their home.
Suspecting foul play, the teen stayed in her car and was able to maneuver around the obstacles into her driveway – without ever leaving her vehicle.
'I automatically thought this is something that would happen in a scary movie,' Amber told Good Morning America.
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She added: 'So I called my dad and told him, and asked him if the barrels were there when he got home, and had said, "No", and then I really got scared.'
Terry Brackney, a funeral director, said that later in the evening after Amber had gone to sleep, he noticed a motion sensor light turn on outside and that his dogs wouldn't stop barking.
'The dogs seemed to be barking towards the garage,' he told Good Morning America, adding that he took his gun and ran outside, where he found a group of teens trying to force their way into his garage.
This is the moment that the four teens were pulled over by the cops after a neighbor reported a suspicious vehicle fleeing the scene
Brackney, 17, had been leaving the family home (pictured) on Preservation Path, Crestview on Tuesday evening when she found the end of her driveway blocked with barrels
'That's when I yelled at them and fired three shots with my glock, and they took off running,' the 51-year-old told GMA. 'It was at that point that I went back in my house and called 911.'
He later discovered they had been unscrewing some of his security lights, possibly for a second kidnap attempt.
A neighbor, who witnessed a 'suspicious car' fleeing from the scene, called the cops who stopped the 2016 White Jeep Liberty on Highway 4 and made a felony traffic stop.
The four teenagers facing charges were in the vehicle, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) said.
'The goal was to first force her out of her car by blocking the road with barrels and garbage cans,' the OCSO said of their investigation. 'They then planned to head to her house, confront and subdue her father – who they believed to be wealthy – and rob the home.'
Thanks to Amber's quick thinking and her dad's bravery (pictured with her) they were able to foil the kidnapping attempt
Amber (above) was not hurt during the attempted kidnapping. All four defendants are now charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery
The home where the attempted abduction took place is valued $400,000 on Zillow. But photos on Brackney's social media profiles show him redesigning the interior.
Authorities said that the men allegedly involved in the plot had guns, a knife, and a roll of tape when they were taken into custody.
Amber told ABC News that her father is a 'hero' for confronting the teens at the home.
'I'm very grateful for my dad,' she told ABC News. 'I don't really have a mom in my life, so my dad is my hero, you could say.'
The Brackneys were shocked to learn that they knew some of the teens who were arrested – one of them had been a friend of Amber's since elementary school.
Terry Brackney said: 'Saturday night, Amber and I were eating supper, and we really haven't talked that much about this, but I told her at supper Saturday night, I said, "You know, had these individuals made it inside our house",…I said, "Today would have probably been our funerals".'
The home where the attempted abduction took place (above) is valued $400,000 on Zillow. But photos on Brackney's social media profiles show him redesigning the interior
Mr Brackney owns the family-run Brackney Funeral Services. A 1950s hearse is seen in pictures in his social media profiles
Amber said she remembered playing with one of the teens allegedly involved when she was younger, saying he would come over to her house.
She said they have since grown apart, but she never expected him to be part of such a kidnapping plot.
'I see these kids every day walking down the hallway,' she said. 'I never expected them to try to attempt to kidnap me and harm me and do such a thing to my family.'
Amber said she is still afraid to return to school and even sleep in her own bedroom.
All four teenagers allegedly involved, including the juveniles, are being charged as adults, the Florida State's Attorney's office said.
None of them have entered plea deals or made bond. They're expected to appear in court in two to three weeks.
Johnson, 19, was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail while the others are being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility.