ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested Tuesday after he attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl at a bus stop in Escambia County, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Chip Simmons said Jared Stanga, 30, faces charges of attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault with a knife.
Simmons said Stanga has a criminal history, including sexual offenses with a child.
Deputies said Stanga pulled up to the girl, who was waiting for a bus on Old Corry Field Road and Perdido Street.
Video shows Stanga armed with a knife as he picks up the girl.
Investigators said the girl was able to break free from Stanga and get to her family safely.
Stanga was caught on video leaving the scene.
Before the attempted kidnapping, investigators said the girl was playing with blue slime.
When deputies found Stanga, he still had blue slime on him.