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Attempted kidnapping in Daytona: 'Somebody tried to take my daughter'

Man had 22 previous arrests in Volusia County

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After an attempted kidnapping, a Daytona Beach teenage girl is scared to leave the house, her father told News 6.

Police said a man's attempt to kidnap the 16-year-old girl Saturday was thwarted when the girl's mother started beeping her car horn, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department. 

The teen was in the car with her mother waiting for her father to come outside on Elm Street so the family could go to the grocery store. The girl realized she left her phone cord in the house and as she walked toward the front door police said Devin Parrish, 28, came charging toward the vehicle.

Parrish first tried to get into the vehicle where the girl's mother was sitting in the driver's seat. Then he approached the girl, grabbed her arm and started pulling her toward the road while mumbling incoherently, police said. 

The girl told police she was so shocked she couldn't say anything.

"She couldn't scream, she couldn't do anything," said Jimmie Flynt, Daytona Beach Police public information officer.  "He caught her by surprise and that is a very scary situation."

The mother saw what was happening and began repeatedly honking her vehicle's horn to alert her husband who was inside the house. The girl's father came outside and chased Parrish away from his wife and daughter, the affidavit said.

"Right away I come out of the house and then I saw the guy running to the other neighbor and he crossed the street and go behind the garage,"  Angel Tovar, the girl's father, said.

After chasing away chasing away the suspect, Tovar called 911; "I'm in Daytona Beach, somebody tried to take my daughter."

"He came into your garage and tried to take your daughter?" the dispatcher responded.

When a Daytona Beach police officer arrived, they found Parrish hiding behind a nearby home. 

Parrish has been charged with attempted kidnapping. He's being held at the Volusia County Jail.

Parrish has been arrested a total of 23 times in Volusia County. His previous charges include possession of cocaine, dealing in stolen property and burglary with assault or battery.

Tovar told News 6 his daughter is still frightened, three days after the attack.

"Now, she is scared all the time when she goes outside she is always looking around," Tovar said. "My daughter cries everyday."

Police told News 6 Parrish has not told them his motives yet; in fact, he won't talk to police at all.


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