Jared Stanga Bio/Wiki
On May 18, 2021, Jared Stanga, a Florida resident, is accused of attempting to abduct an 11-year-old girl named Alyssa Bonal from a bus stop in Pensacola.
The sheriff described the suspect as arriving in a white van and attempting to kidnap the teen, who fought back. The girl escaped the kidnapper’s grasp by fighting him and then breaking free “from the suspect’s hold,” according to a post on the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page. She was identified as “one tough-as-nails little kid” by Pensacola Police, who posted the post on their own page. Stanga has been apprehended.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook, “Arrested in Attempt Kidnapping: Jared Paul Stanga … Jared Stanga has been arrested and charged with the attempted kidnapping of a child under 13, aggravated assault”
He is 30 years old.
Kidnap Pensacola Girl Full Details
The sheriff’s department posted the video above, writing, “Video from May 18th, attempted kidnapping. 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. A …male exits the vehicle reportedly armed with a knife.”
Post continued, “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 family.”
According to the Pensacola News Journal, the suspect is a white male, despite the fact that he was initially identified as Hispanic. In a press conference, the sheriff described the video as “chilling.”
The sheriff’s department requested that anyone with details about the incident contact the ECSO at 850-436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP.
At the news conference, Sheriff Chip W. Simmons said that he thinks a “life was saved.” He said the girl is fine, but she has bruises and has experienced some “mental trauma.”
He said, “a white van pulled up. A man left that vehicle and ran toward the 11-year-old victim with something in his hand reported to be a knife. He grabbed her, picked her up, tried to carry her into that van. She fought and fought and fought, and she was able to break through from her would-be captor.”
The guy had confronted her two weeks before, and she had a “sixth sense” that something wasn’t right. She told her parents and principal, but he returned. The sheriff said, “have caught the animal who tried to kidnap an 11-year-old girl this morning,”
He said that authorities “inundated the area with law enforcement after getting that call.”
“We knew we had a dangerous felon on the loose.”
They were able to figure out what car he was driving and what tag number he had. They went to a spot where they figured he could be and discovered the van and the suspect at his home address. “That van had been freshly painted,” Simmons said, showing a black bumper painted over a silver bumper.
The sheriff said, “He was wearing the same clothes that the suspect was wearing during this attempted abduction,”
“We obtained various pictures of this suspect in convenience stores.”
He said the victim was amusing himself with blue slime. She had it in her hands. When we apprehended the suspect, he had blue slime all over his arms.
ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING: I’m in Jared Stanga’s neighborhood to find out more about the man accused of attempting to kidnap an 11-year-old girl Tuesday. His wife says his arrest is a misunderstanding & they’ve hired an attorney. We’ll have neighbors’ reactions tonight on @weartv pic.twitter.com/fCgDZEi9zf
— Rebekah Castor (@RebekahCastorTV) May 19, 2021
$1.5 Million Bail
Stanga’s bail was set at $1.5 million, according to the Pensacola News Journal. According to the newspaper, Stanga does have a wife, and coworkers say he was late to work on Tuesday and behaved strangely.