Florida: 11-year-old fights off man who tries to kidnap her
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Shocking footage captured the moment an 11-year-old girl managed to fight off an alleged kidnapping attempt. Surveillance video shows a knife-wielding attacker try to lift an 11-year-old girl off her feet in Pensacola, Florida. The girl had been waiting for her school bus when the attack took place.
The clip shows a white SUV rolling up to a grassy lawn where a man jumps out to attack the girl.
The man rushes up to the girl, named as Alyssa Bonal, and tries to carry her back to his vehicle.
However, the girl fights back and manages to foil the kidnapping attempt, as the video shows her kicking out at the man as he flees back to his SUV.
The girl can be seen running away as the man drives off.
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Incredibly, Alyssa, who playing with blue slime at the time, managed to smear a bit of the slime on her would-be abductor, which helped authorities track him down.
Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told reporters said: “Luckily, she fights. She went limp.
“She’s kicking, she’s pushing, she’s punching and she’s able to get free.
“The suspect, when we caught him, had blue slime all over his arms.”
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“I cannot help but think that this could have ended very differently.
“Had this 11-year-old victim not thought to fight and to fight and to just never give up, then this could have ended terrible.”
Jared Paul Stanga, 30, was later arrested after a search involving at least 50 deputies and other personnel.
He was charged with the attempted kidnapping of a child under 13 and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and battery.
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The US Sheriff said that the kidnapping attempt follows an earlier, uncomfortable encounter between the pair two weeks ago.
Mr Simmons said: “She knew something was wrong.”
Alyssa told NBC’s Today programme that she learned about smearing evidence on her attacker from the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
She said: “I was able to get the slime on to his upper arm and a little bit on his lower arm. I knew that might be better evidence if the cops do find him.”
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