Shocking footage out of Florida depicts the terrifying moment a man tried to abduct a child in broad daylight as her mother stood nearby.

Surveillance footage from a Dollar General store in Hernando on Tuesday showed how a mother tugged at her 13-year-old daughter as suspect Craig Bonello, 30, brazenly attempted to drag her out of the store.

Luckily, Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Behnen had pulled into the store’s parking lot and heard the clerk yelling just as the attempted kidnapper ran out and got in his vehicle.

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Photo credit: SheriffCitrus.org

“When I first saw him run out the building, I thought it was just a shoplifter,” Behnen said at a press conference.

Bonello was charged with child abuse and kidnapping with intent to commit a felony, according to police.

“This is obviously someone who needs to be behind bars. He won’t be getting out anytime soon to do this again,” stated Commander Buddy Grant.

“Thank goodness the girl’s mother jumped into action to prevent this man from kidnapping her daughter. And, thank goodness Dep. Behnen used his training and experience to stop this man from escaping,” Grant said.


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