Girl, 11, helps identify would-be kidnapper by smearing slime on him

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<p>Alyssa was attacked on Tuesday as she awaited her school bus</p> (Facebook/Escambia Sheriff’s Office)

Alyssa was attacked on Tuesday as she awaited her school bus

(Facebook/Escambia Sheriff’s Office)

An 11-year-old girl smeared the blue slime she had been playing with on her would-be kidnapper to help police identify him.

Alyssa Bonal from Pensacola, Florida, said she learned the importance of evidence from her favourite TV show, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Alyssa was attacked on Tuesday as she awaited her school bus. Her near-abduction was captured by a neighbour's home security camera.

"I was able to get the slime onto his upper arm and a little bit on his lower arm," Alyssa told NBC's "Today" show in an interview that aired Thursday. "I knew that might be better evidence if the cops do find him."

Facebook/Escambia Sheriff’s Office
Facebook/Escambia Sheriff’s Office

Jared Paul Stanga, 30, has been charged with attempted kidnapping, battery and assault.

The National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children says abductions by strangers are rare, making up less than one per cent of reported cases. Most abductions are committed by someone known to the child, such as a parent who does not have custody.

The security camera video shows Alyssa alone on the roundabout at 7am on Tuesday. A white van passes her — she looks at it as it drives away. She had told her mother and teacher two weeks earlier that a man in a white van had approached her at the bus stop, speaking Spanish to her and making her feel uncomfortable.

The van returned a minute later and stopped. The driver jumped out and ran at Alyssa, reaching behind himself as if pulling a knife. She grabbed her backpack and tried to flee, but the man put her in a headlock and dragged her toward his van.

The man grabbed Alyssa and tried to pull her toward’s his carFacebook/Escambia Sheriff’s Office
The man grabbed Alyssa and tried to pull her toward’s his carFacebook/Escambia Sheriff’s Office

She struggled, saying she kicked at his legs, causing them both to fall to the ground. She broke free and ran back to the nearby mobile home park where she lives with her mother and two siblings. The man ran back to his van and sped away.

"Her first words were, 'Somebody tried to kidnap me. He grabbed me by my throat and he had a knife,'" her mother, Amber Bonal, told the Pensacola News Journal. "She said, 'Mom, I had to leave some sort of evidence behind, like on Law & Order SVU.' We've watched probably every episode on Hulu. She's a smart cookie, she thinks on her toes."

Ms Bonal said she had been walking her daughter to the bus stop every morning since the strange man approached the girl, but as they were leaving on Tuesday, her 18-month-old daughter suddenly needed a nappy change and she feared Alyssa would miss her bus.

"I told her to go ahead and I would be out there in a minute. I start changing the baby's diaper. I hadn't even finished changing the diaper before she ran back in the house," Ms Bonal said.

She said her daughter is doing well and perhaps doesn't fully comprehend what might have happened if the attacker had gotten her into the van.

"If she would have been taken." Amber told the newspaper, covering her eyes as she began to cry. "If she would have been taken, I could have lost her forever."

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