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Kidnapping Incident Caught on Security Cameras

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July 20, 2012
By Stephanie Zaharuk

As parents, we do everything we can to make sure our children are safe. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street and remind them to never touch a hot stove. We do this because children do not always understand the dangers of the situation. This is especially true when it comes to strangers. A recent kidnapping incident in Philadelphia reminds us how important this kind of security is.  

What Happened?

The victim and her little brother were walking home just before 4 p.m. after getting water ice a couple of blocks away. In the video you see the man come up from behind them. He grabs the little girl and tries to run off with her. She kicks and bites him and falls to the ground.

On the video, you can see that after she falls, the man tries a second time to take the little girl away. At that point, her two-year-old brother lets out a scream that was apparently loud enough to scare off the attacker.

The Suspect

Captain John Darby, who runs the Special Victims Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, said Carlos Figueroa-Fagot turned himself in around midnight for questioning and was later arrested by police at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. That was just hours after police released surveillance camera video Wednesday that shows a man trying twice to abduct the girl from the 2400 block of S. Lee Street.

Tips started coming in to police and then the suspect’s own family and a priest convinced him to turn himself in.

The Take-Away

This story teaches us two very important points. First, when the little girl was grabbed she did everything she could to get away including biting, punching, and kicking her attacker. Not only that, but her little brother’s screams really helped draw attention to the situation and ultimately scared the attacker away. It can be life saving to teach your children these kinds of defense tips.

The second thing we learn is the importance of security cameras. Here we see how quickly the suspect was arrested because police released the footage to the public. They also used their social media pages to spread the story and show the camera footage. After that the suspect felt trapped and turned himself in to police. 


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