The 11-year-old girl who thwarted an abduction bid this week credited “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” for some fast thinking that helped investigators locate a suspect.
The girl, known as Alyssa, told NBC’s “Today Show” that she used the blue slime she had been playing with to identify her rapist because she “knew that would be better evidence if the cops did catch him.”
It is precisely what occurred.
Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said the girl was waiting for her school bus in Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man.
Alyssa, left, discusses her near escape from an apparent kidnapping plot while waiting for her bus on NBC’s “Today Show.”
The girl tries to flee until the man grabs her, according to surveillance footage obtained by the sheriff’s office. After a struggle, she manages to free herself from the suspect’s grip, and they both fall to the ground. The girl can be seen fleeing, as the man rushes back to his car and pulls away.
According to Simmons, the girl was playing with blue slime at the time of the abduction attempt, and when 30-year-old Jared Paul Stanga was apprehended, he “had blue slime all over his own weapons.”
According to the sheriff’s office, Stanga has been charged with the alleged abduction of a child under the age of 13, aggravated assault with a knife, and basic battery. He is being kept on a bail of $1.5 million. As CNN reached out to his lawyer on Wednesday, he declined to comment.
According to Simmons, the girl told police that the same man approached her at the bus stop about two weeks earlier and made her feel nervous. Her mother has been walking her to the bus stop every day after she told her mother and school administrators what had happened. The girl’s mother did not accompany her to the bus stop on Tuesday for the first time since the incident, according to Simmons.
When asked how she felt after her close escape, Alyssa said she was “most proud of me” and that she thought “SVU” was a good show. “You’re brave, and you did a great job!” Detective Olivia Benson will most likely tell her.