Hernando, FL – A video showing a mother fighting off a man who police say was trying to kidnap her daughter is going viral.
This incident happened at around noon Tuesday inside of the Dollar General in Hernando, Florida.
According to CBS affiliate WTSP, police say Craig Bonello, 30, grabbed the 13-year-old girl, dragged her down the aisles, and ran after the girl’s mother. An off-duty deputy was outside the store, blocked Bonello’s car, and arrested him.
Investigators tell WTSP that what you cannot hear is the screaming. The girl, her mother and the store manager were all shouting for help.
Shoppers tell WTSP that they were stunned that something that brazen would happen not only in their store, but also in their community.
According to WTSP, investigators don’t know why Bonello went after the girl. He is not a registered sex offender, but he has been arrested before
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office released the surveillance video of the attempted kidnapping on Facebook.
Citrus County deputies took Bonello into custody, and he faces charges of child abuse and kidnapping.
Deputies say that the girl and her mother are safe, but shaken from what they went through.