As scary as these attempted child abductions are to watch, they are very useful for those studying the tactics of a kidnapper.
This incident in Philadelphia involved a 10-year-old girl, and her 2-year-old brother.
The suspect does not appear particularly concerned about if anyone is watching.
He seems to be focused on the girl victim.
Someone who would try this at about 4 pm on a sunny urban street would definitely be a person of interest to investigators looking at unsolved missing persons cases.
Big cheers for the courageous little ones for screaming and fighting back.
In situations such as this, I am an advocate of a youth kidnapping resistance strategy called Kid Escape.
With his approach, safety consultant and black belt John Hall teaches children to wrap themselves around fixed objects using their arms and legs while screaming for help. If no fixed object is available, the strategy would be to wrap around the attacker's leg and create as much of a disturbance as possible.
It is a shame that we have to be concerned with children and such things.
But the need to protect young people is a reality.
The man accused by Philly police of being the failed-kidnapper, Carlos Figueroa-Fagot, fled the scene.
He turned himself into authorities last Thursday (thanks to all the publicity).
The video of the incident is below.
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