Shocking surveillance footage shows the unbelievable moment police say a man tried to drag a teen girl away from her mother as they shopped in a Florida store.
Craig Bonello, 30, was arrested Tuesday after cops say he walked up to an unidentified 13-year-old in a Hernando Dollar General store and tried to snatch her.
As shown in the store's surveillance footage, the girl's mother chases the alleged kidnapper through the aisles in a frantic bid to get her daughter back.
The struggle becomes so intense that, as the kidnapper makes his way for the door, the girl's mother is on the floor getting dragged along with her.
Thankfully, the struggle didn't last much longer as the alleged kidnapper finally lets go and takes off running.
According to a statement from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, off-duty Deputy Jonathan Behnen was on hand and able to stop the suspect when the store clerk yelled to him. He was able to block the suspect's car with his own, WTSP reports.
"We are grateful for the courageous acts of both the child’s mother and off-duty Dep. Jonathan Behnen. Thankfully, the child was saved and no one suffered any injuries during the incident," the office said.
Bonello was arrested and will be charged with kidnapping and child abuse, according to the statement.
As shocking as the incident is to the average person, even veteran officers found the brazenness of the suspect's actions difficult to believe.
"In my 10 years on the road I have never seen anything like this," Sgt. Craig Callahan told reporters. "He truly intended to abduct this child right in front of everyone in the store."