On Tuesday morning, May 18, an 11-year-old brave girl named Alyssa Bonal fought off a knife-wielding s*x offender. When the young girl was waiting for her school bus, the incident occurred. The incident was recorded on video and released by authorities.
The video was posted to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page with the caption, “Around 7:00 this morning, a white Dodge Journey pulled up to an 11-year-old girl waiting at a bus stop on Old Corry Field Road and Perdido Street. As you could see in this video.”
She is 11 years old.
Attempted Kidnapping Full Details
Alyssa Bonal, a teenage child, has been identified. The young girl said that there was a lot going through her mind when the reported s*x offender threatened her with a knife and that she had a lot on her mind at the time. Bonal said, “What is he going to do with me?”
“Where is he going to…where am I going to be at? What is my family going to think? Scared… anxious.”
Who is The Suspect?
The suspect is Jared Stanga, 30, who was arrested and is being held in the Escambia County Jail on a $1.5 million bail. Bonal mentioned her ordeal, saying, “A man came out of the car. He had a knife in his hand. I tried running off but he grabbed me. He took me with his arm and I was able to get him down to the ground and I was able to get away.
She rushed over to her next-door neighbor, who had left his door open at the time. Douglass Rudolph, a neighbor, also spoke about the incident and said, “She comes running around the corner toward me hollering my name and some guy was trying to get her.”
The suspect’s police statement was as continues to follow: “A Hispanic male exits the vehicle reportedly armed with a knife. The suspect then grabs the little girl and a struggle ensues. She was able to fight and break free from the suspect’s grip. She is safe and with her family. If you have any information about this incident, call the ECSO at 850-436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP.”
Stanga was charged with aggravated assault and battery and attempted abduction of a child under the age of 13. He also has a long history of sexual offenses against children. In a press conference on Tuesday, May 18th, Sheriff Chip Simmons spoke about the incident.