Who is Jared Stanga? Man who tried to kidnap 11-year-old in Escambia County
JARED Stanga was arrested after cops say he tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl at a bus stop.
The harrowing incident, which took place in Florida, was caught on surveillance video.
Who is Jared Stanga?
Cops say Stanga approached and tried to kidnap a girl at a bus stop in Escambia County on the morning of May 18, 2021.
The girl was able to flee from her assailant and the man drove away in his car.
Stanga, 30, was arrested eight hours later and charged with attempted kidnapping of a child under 13 and aggravated assault and battery.
He had painted his van in an attempt to avoid authorities but he still had blue slime on his clothing from the toy the child had been playing with.
His criminal history includes sex crimes against children, according to authorities.
“I cannot help to think that this could have ended very differently,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told reporters.
“Had this 11-year-old victim not thought to fight and to fight and to just never give up, than this could have ended terribly.”
Authorities say Stanga was armed with a knife when he tried to grab the girl.
“Luckily, she fights,” Simmons told reporters.
“She struggles and then she went limp. And she’s kicking and she’s pushing and she’s punching and she’s able to get free.”
Stanga had approached the young girl two weeks ago and made her feel uncomfortable, according to investigators.
“He will never be free to do this again," said Simmons.
"Our concern was this wasn’t his first try.
“My message to her is that is my hero, she did not give up."
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