HERNANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man tried to kidnap a teenage girl inside a store and that it was captured on surveillance video.
Citrus County deputies tell news outlets that 30-year-old Craig Bonello is facing charges of child abuse and kidnapping after he tried to drag the 13-year-old girl out of a Dollar General Store in Hernando on Tuesday.
Authorities say the store manager alerted an off-duty deputy outside the store and the deputy blocked Bonello’s car and arrested him.
Bonello was assigned a public defender during his initial court appearance Wednesday. Attorney Edward Spaight says Bonello is a veteran with a long history of mental health issues. He says the systems in place to help people like Bonello have failed him.