A terrifying attempted kidnapping was caught on camera, and it will send shivers down any parent’s spine.
Shocking surveillance video captured at a Dollar General store in Hernando, Florida, shows a man grab a 13-year-old girl who was shopping with her mother.
The man runs for the exit with the girl in his arms, but the quick-acting mother is able to catch up and grab her daughter.
After several intense seconds of a “tug of war” for the girl, the man gives up and exits the store.
According to reports, the store manager yelled as the man tried to flee.
Luckily, off-duty Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Behnen happened to be arriving at the store.
Behnen used his patrol car to block the suspect’s vehicle, pulling out his service weapon and ordering the man out of the car.
30-year-old Craig Bonello was arrested at the scene and faces charges of kidnapping and child abuse.
The mother and her daughter, although very rattled, were not injured in the scary close call.
Both the mother and Behnen have been praised by authorities for their quick thinking.
“In my 10 years on the road, I have never seen anything like this,” Sgt. Craig Callahan said in a statement from the sheriff’s office. “He truly intended to abduct this child right in front of everyone in the store.”
“Thank goodness the girl’s mother jumped into action to prevent this man from kidnapping her daughter,” sheriff’s office Commander Buddy Grant said in the statement. “And thank goodness Dep. Behnen used his training and experience to stop this man from escaping.”
Reported by ruptly.com