Attempted Child Abduction Caught on Tape! UPDATE: Suspect Turns Himself In
UPDATE: according to ABC News
"Philadelphia police announced today they had arrested a suspect in an attempted child abduction that was caught on tape, and that the suspect had turned himself in because he couldn't "walk, talk or breathe" after the video aired yesterday on local media and ABC News.
Carlos Figueroa-Fagot of Philadelphia will be charged with attempted kidnapping, indecent assault and unlawful restraint among other crimes in connection with a Tuesday incident in which a 10-year-old girl was attacked on a South Philadelphia street. He has not yet entered a plea."
The video above is an outrageous example of how easy it is to basically "snatch" kids off the street! Any kid, your kid, my kid.
A couple of days ago a 10- year-old girl and her brother (2 years old) were walking down the street in South Philadelphia when a guy gets out his car, tries to grab the girl and take off. Luckily, the little boy started screaming and scared off the attacker. This was way too close for comfort.
The attempted abduction was caught on video and is spreading quickly around the web. The Philadelphia Police Department is one of the first to use YouTube and social media, including Twitter and Facebook, to help solve crimes. Their Facebook page has more hits than any law enforcement page except the FBI. And it the past year and half, they've used social media to catch 87 suspects! A few months ago I asked John Walsh from America's Most Wanted about this exact tactic of using social media to help track down criminals, see what he had to say about "crowd sourcing" criminal investigations.
Let's hope that the viral nature of this case will help get more law enforcement agencies and local police to use these tools to help keep our kids safe.
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