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Crime Suspect in custody after alleged kidnapping attempt of 11-year-old girl at bus stop

05:50  19 may  2021
05:50  19 may  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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An 11 - year - old girl fought off a knife-wielding would-be kidnapper at her bus stop Tuesday morning — and Florida sheriffs arrested the creep shortly after . The 30- year - old unidentified sex offender was arrested eight hours after the West Pensacola incident was caught on camera, Escambia He’s facing charges of attempted kidnapping , aggravated assault with a knife and simple battery, police said. His “extensive” criminal past includes child sex abuse charges, according to sheriffs. Officials did not release his name out of fear of jeopardizing other related investigations, according to Simmons.

Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man attempted to kidnap an 11 - year - old girl Tuesday morning as she was waiting at a bus stop , according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies search for man after attempted child kidnapping Authorities in Escambia County, Florida, are investigating an attempted child kidnapping reported Tuesday, May 18, 2021. (vmargineanu/Getty Images/iStockphoto, File). May 18, 2021 at 12:52 pm EDT. By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk.

Officers have arrested a suspect in connection to an alleged attempted kidnapping that was captured in a "chilling" video, authorities said.

The incident occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday in Pensacola, Florida. According to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, which released the video, an 11-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop when a man armed with a knife exited a white Dodge Journey and allegedly tried to kidnap her.

The video shows a man running toward a girl sitting on a patch of grass by a backpack. The girl attempts to run away before he grabs her. As he pulls her back toward the car, they both fall to the ground, at which point the girl breaks free, grabs her backpack and runs away. The man gets back in the car and drives off.

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(WKRG) — The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted kidnapping . The ECSO says at around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, a white Dodge Journey pulled up to an 11 - year - old girl waiting at a bus stop on Old Corey Field Road and Perdido Street. Investigators say a Hispanic male exited the vehicle, reportedly armed with a knife. The suspect grabbed the little girl and a struggled ensued, according to the ECSO. The girl was able to fight and break free from the suspect ’s grip. She is safe with her family. If you have any information about this incident, you’re asked to call the ECSO

Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man attempted to kidnap an 11 - year - old girl Tuesday morning as she was waiting at a bus stop , according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. >> Read more trending news. The incident happened around 7 a.m. at a bus stop on Old Correy Field Road near Perdido Street, deputies said. A girl was waiting at the bus stop when a white Dodge Journey pulled up to her, officials said. A man armed with a knife got out of the vehicle and grabbed the girl , according to deputies.

a close up of a road: The Escambia County Sheriff's Office released a video of an alleged attempted kidnapping in Pensacola, Fla., May 18, 2021. © Escambia County Sheriffs Office The Escambia County Sheriff's Office released a video of an alleged attempted kidnapping in Pensacola, Fla., May 18, 2021.

Deputies have the 30-year-old suspect in custody, Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said during a press briefing Tuesday night. His name has not been released to avoid compromising the investigation, Simmons said. The suspect will be charged with attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault with a knife.

a close up of a road © Escambia County Sheriff's Office

"We have caught the animal," Simmons told reporters.

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Deputies worked quickly to find the suspect, the sheriff said, searching for surveillance video, tracking down witnesses and going house to house. About 50 deputies scoured the area, including on bicycle units, Simmons said.

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Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man attempted to kidnap an 11 - year - old girl Tuesday morning as she was waiting at a bus stop , according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. “The little girl is safe with her family.” On Tuesday, deputies released an image of the vehicle the man was driving. Anyone with information on the vehicle or the case can contact ECSO at 850-436-9620 or call Crime Stoppers at 850-433- STOP . Attempted Child Kidnapping Around 7:00 this morning, a white Dodge Journey pulled up to an 11 - year - old girl waiting at

"We understand that we only had a short period of time," Simmons said. "We wanted to make sure they didn't ditch this van, they didn't leave town."

The investigation led deputies to the suspect's home, where they found him wearing clothes that matched those worn by the man in the video, Simmons said. He also had a similar vehicle as the one sought by officers, though its silver bumper was freshly painted black, Simmons said.

a blurry image of a car: The Escambia County Sheriff's Office was seeking this white Dodge Journey in connection with an alleged attempted kidnapping in Pensacola, Fla., May 18, 2021. © Escambia County Sheriffs Office The Escambia County Sheriff's Office was seeking this white Dodge Journey in connection with an alleged attempted kidnapping in Pensacola, Fla., May 18, 2021.

The suspect also had "blue slime" all over his arms, Simmons said. During the attempted abduction, the girl was playing with a blue slime, the sheriff said.

The suspect has an "extensive" criminal history, including a previous charge involving a sex offense with a child, according to Simmons. Authorities plan to release the suspect's name and photo on social media.

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An 11 - year - old girl in Massachusetts thwarted her own kidnapping when she kicked her would-be abductor, police said. Andrew Merriam, 51, of Hudson, was arraigned Monday over the attempted abduction a day earlier in Worcester, where he allegedly approached the girl near Endicott and The girl ultimately managed to break free by kicking him before running into a nearby business for help, police said. She later gave cops a description of Merriam that was sent out to officers. A K-9 officer soon spotted a “confrontational” Merriam before calling for backup to take him into custody , police said.

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"Our concern is this wasn't his first try," said the sheriff, who was "shocked" something like this happened in Escambia County.

About two weeks ago, the suspect allegedly approached the 11-year-old girl, who told her parents, teachers and principal, Simmons said.

"She knew something was wrong," he said.

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Following the incident Tuesday, the girl is safe with her family, authorities said. Simmons hailed her as a hero.

"We applaud the efforts and the resilience of an 11-year-old girl," Simmons said. "She did the right thing -- she fought and she fought and she fought and she never gave up. And then she went straight to her parents which she should have done, told her parents what was going on, who in turn contacted the Escambia County Sheriff's Office."

"We got the information out so quickly that ... our suspect tried to paint his car," he said.

ABC News' Devin Garbitt contributed to this report.

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