A man has been charged with the rape and kidnap of a teenage girl in Mitcham.
Kadian Nelson, 26, was arrested on November 3 following a widespread police appeal which named him as a person of interest. He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today.
A video shared on social media showed the alleged kidnapping, strangers intervened and rescued the girl. In the clip, a woman can be seen following the man and asking if he knows the child, whose face is obscured throughout. At one point she shouts: ‘What are you doing with her?’
At first, the man tries to claim the girl is his sister, before finally walking away. The woman then asks the girl if she knew him and she bursts into tears, telling her he was a stranger and saying ‘thank you, thank you’.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said the girl and her family are being supported by specialist officers. They have not released her age.
The woman who intervened with the alleged abduction shared confirmation of Nelson’s charges on her social media, stating that she could ‘finally breathe again’.
She added in the post: ‘God bless that little girl, she has the whole world behind her. She is being safeguarded with her family.’
Officers had previously called on Nelson to come forward ‘for his own safety’ amid reports of vigilante groups trying to find him.
A Section 60 Order was authorised for the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth to grant police additional stop and search powers, due to fears of serious violence.
Detective Superintendant Owain Richards said at the time: ‘Police have been conducting extensive enquiries today to locate Kadian Nelson after an allegation of rape was received shortly after 7am to the North Place area on Tuesday, 3 November.
‘A teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers. I am appealing directly to Kadian to attend his nearest police station immediately, or to call police and inform us as to his whereabouts. This is for his safety, as well as members of the public.’
In a statement, Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh praised the ‘extraordinary bravery’ of the woman who filmed the alleged incident and thanked her for securing ‘extremely important evidence’ for the police.
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