Man charged with drugging and sexually assaulting girl, 9, abducted from outside Harrods

A girl was snatched from outside Harrods before being found by police - Wirestock/iStock Editorial

A 56-year-old man has been charged with drugging, kidnapping and sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl who was snatched from outside Harrods.

Robert Prussak, of no fixed address, was charged on Wednesday with kidnap and two counts of sexual assault on a female aged under 13.

He has also been charged with administering a substance with the intention of stupefying or overpowering to enable sexual activity and committing an offence with the intent to commit a sexual offence.

The child was missing for three hours before police found her more than a mile from the department store in Kensington, west London, in the company of a man who was arrested.

Harrods staff helped officers try to locate the missing girl, who had been shopping with her family before she went missing.

Police were called at 2.44pm on Monday to reports of a missing child in Brompton Road, close to the world-famous store.

‘We supported the police’

Officers quickly circulated images of the girl and the suspect which were gathered from CCTV and a major investigation was launched.

The girl was found almost three hours later in Old Court Place, close to Kensington Palace. A suspect was stopped by police at 5.40pm still in the company of the girl.

A spokesman for the department store said: “We supported the Metropolitan Police with an incident outside Harrods that has now thankfully been resolved.

“We cannot comment any further on the details as it is a police matter, but are thankful the Met’s swift actions led to this safe resolution.”

The suspect appeared in Westminster magistrates’ court on Wednesday, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on May 22.