Surveillance footage captures the moment an 11-year-old girl playing with a ‘blue slime’ toy at a bus stop in West Pensacola, Florida, was attacked by a man with a knife, left. The would-be kidnapper grabs the girl in a headlock and tries to drag her into his vehicle, right. But the girl was able to free herself from his clutches and flee to safety, as the leaving the man to run back to his car and drive off at speed.
Fifty deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office flooded the area and arrested 30-year-old Jared Paul Stanga, bottom center, eight hours later. Officials said he painted his van to try to disguise it after local media published a description, but still had ‘blue slime’ on his clothes from wrestling the child. Sheriff Chip Simmons paid tribute to the girl’s bravery at a press conference on Tuesday night. ‘That is my hero, she did not give up,’ Simmons said.