[CBS] DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines man who allegedly tried to lure a young girl into an alley, wound up with stitches and a black eye after the girl’s mother took matters into her own hands, according to authorities. Polk County police sources say that Robert C. Harding tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into an alley near where she was playing with friends outside her home. Instead the smart-thinking teenager went to get her mom who confronted Harding, according to CBS affiliate KCCI. Police say that when the girl’s mother, Holly Pullen, confronted Harding he asked how old the girl was and whether he could marry her or would be interested in signing the girl away.
“I got down to the alley and I confronted him. I said, ‘Why are you staring at the kids?’ and he looks at me and says, ‘I want to marry the red head.’ I came unglued at that point. I was like ‘Dude, she’s only 13 and that’s my daughter,'” Pullen told the station.
Police said Pullen punched Harding in the face. Then the girl’s father and one of his friends chased Harding and fought with him, KCCI reported. By the time police arrived at Fremont Street, the fight was over. Police questioned Harding who allegedly told them that he was trying to get the girl into the alley he could marry her and sex her. Police also said he told them he knew the girl was a minor and that he liked “young girls.”
This is why chivalry is dead. Robert was doing everything by the book here, real old school. He could have just offered her some free candy that he had in the back of his white van, but he took it back to a time when marrying young women was the norm. No minimum ages, no statutory rape, no moms charging down the alley to punch you in the face even though you’re being a perfect gentleman. It was a different time then, a simpler time. I’m sure Robert would have given Holly and her family a few chickens or something in return for her daughter’s hand, as is customary. Then he’d be free to sex her all he wants. Instead he gets a busted face and a broken heart. All these laws that we’ve come up with over the years are just getting in the way of nature. The heart wants what the heart wants. You can’t deny that.
PS – I love how stoic Robert Harding stays througout this. Like, it’s no big deal. Oh, you’re the mom of the 13 year old I’m creeping on? Yeah, I want to marry and sex her. Oh, she’s a minor? Well, yeah, I like them young. I guess it’s like the saying goes: If there’s grass on the field, play ball… if there’s no grass on the field, flip her over and play in the mud.