13-year-old Florida girl escapes would-be kidnapper
Police in Florida are searching for a man they said tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl.
Surveillance video shows her escape and sprint to safety as the sport utility vehicle followed her.
Police said the man drove up to the 13-year-old last week in his tan SUV and asked her if she was walking home.
She ignored him.
He got out of the SUV and grabbed her by the waist to pull her in. She pushed back, screaming and took off running.
Police said this is very troubling, which is why they want to get the man off the streets.
Experts said the girl did the right thing. More than 80 percent of children who escape an attempted abduction did something proactive.
"What she did was exactly the right thing. The kicking, screaming, yelling, anything that she can do to draw attention to that situation so she can get away. This girl saved her own life," expert Callahan Walsh said.
In 2013, an 8-year-old girl bit her would-be kidnapper and got away. Surveillance video captured her running to get to her parents.
And just last year, a Connecticut accepted a ride from an abductor. She later jumped out of that moving car, landing on the asphalt.
"A lot of children are taught to be polite to elders and an adult, and that's not always the best course of action. Parents need to teach kids that's it's OK to say no," Callahan said.
Here's what expects suggests you teach you kids:
- Have them check with you first before they get into anyone's car
- Use the buddy system- have them walk home with a friend
- Say "no"
- Always tell a trusted adult about any encounters