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Off-duty deputy arrests man who tried to abduct teen girl


HERNANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been taken into custody after surveillance video shows him trying to kidnap a girl inside a store.

Citrus County deputies tell media outlets that 30-year-old Craig Bonello is facing charges of child abuse and kidnapping involving Tuesday’s incident at a Dollar General Store in Hernando.

Investigators say video shows Bonello looking around before grabbing the 13-year-old girl and trying to drag her out of the store. The child’s mother caught up to him and a tug of war ensued as the woman fought for her daughter.

Screen shot from video.
Screen shot from video.

The suspect finally let go of the girl and ran.

The store manager alerted an off-duty deputy outside the store as to what happened. That deputy then blocked Bonello’s car and arrested him.

It’s unclear if Bonello has an attorney.

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