On Tuesday, an 11-year-old girl was waiting for the school bus in Pensacola, Florida, when a man armed with a knife charged at her. It was 7:00 a.m. — broad daylight — and the suspected was attempting to abduct the girl.
But she fought back.
Surveillance video released by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office shows a white Dodge Journey pull up and a man get out and run toward the girl. She picks up her backpack and runs, but the suspect grabs her. The girl was able to struggle free and the suspect flees the scene.
According to the sheriff’s office, the girl is safe and with family and deputies were asking the public for help in identifying the suspect.
However, just hours later, the office said they had arrested Jared Paul Stanga. He was charged with attempted kidnapping of a child under 13, aggravated assault and battery.
During a press conference, Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said Stanga has a history of sexual offenses, including sexual offenses against children. The department is now working determine whether similar incidents involving Stanga have occurred before.
This article is sourced from CBS News