Attempted Child Abduction

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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25 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

Oh, I'm so glad this story had a happy ending. I'm glad the parents are teaching their children not to go with strangers.

Carol Kilgore said...

This is so scary. Especially that it happens so quickly.

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Thank you for taking the time to write on this topic.

Pat Hatt said...

Awesome that the kids fought back and the nut job got caught, nice for there to be a happy ending once in a while.

Elisa Hirsch said...

So glad it ended that way!

I want all of my kids to learn about Kid Escape. Thanks for that helpful info.

Momma Fargo said...

Very scary for children. I remember the days we didn't have street cams. Things sure have changed, and although we seem to catch the bad guys, the child predators have only gotten better.

Brian Miller said...

goodness...it def bears reminding to teach your children how to react in these circumstances...crazy what this world is coming to...it would have been so easy back when i was young but rarely seemed to happen...

my cousins and i got chased once into a field by a big black truck trying to get us to get in...we chucked rocks at the windshield and ran...

Rachel Cotterill said...

Amazing how much is caught on CCTV these days.

Miranda Hardy said...

That is so scary. So happy these children weren't taken.

messymimi said...

Sad that we have to be so careful, but good to know what to do.

Also sad to be tempted to want security cameras on every corner -- no, i don't want to live in that type of world, that kind of police state, but it's tempting.

Ciara said...

Yay for that little girl fighting back. That pig should never see the light of day again.

BobKat said...

I agree, and suspect this isn't the first time this guy (attempted) kidnapped a child. What gets me, and I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but while we waste millions of tax-payer $$ teaching "abstinence only" sex ed, how much have we spent teaching "Kid Escape", or even "Adult Escape". In all the years I spent working in public education not once did I hear of curriculum relating to "Kid Escape". Sure, we teach children never to accept rides from strangers, etc., but it's never paid for by our taxes.

Good post Slam. Time we teach children how to survive in a world of full of predators.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I've also read that it is a good idea to scream, "No! You're not my father!" rather tan just help, to clearly identify what the problem is.

Jax said...

As scary as it is that children would need to utilize that, it sounds like a good tactic. Hold onto something and scream until someone can hear you. I'll be instilling that into my god son's toddler brain...

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ah, that video gives me goosebumps. That's so gross.

I don't even want to suggest this as it implies that they aren't cognizant of their actions- but it's like they can't help themselves. I don't understand what is wrong with these sexual predators. Ugh. So glad she is safe.

Rachel Lloyd said...

Chills. Thank you for posting.What a world we live in!

ladyfi said...

Oh how terrible! I cant understand that people would actually want to do this.

Maxi said...

My seven-year-old granddaughter is not allowed outside without a family member.

It's sad but necessary in today's world.
Blessings - Maxi

Theresa Milstein said...

I get sick to my stomach thinking of child abductors. I'm proud of the kids and thrilled the guy turned himself in.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Yay for happy endings, but so scary, but great prevention information. Thanks for the link!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
GEEZ...that's some video.
Good advice from John Hall.

Shame it's got to come down to this.
Guess we can thank permissive societal "values" run rampant for this.

Great post and comments.

Stay safe out there.

Unknown said...

I love that the little boy screamed so loudly that it scared the attacker .. but your point is well taken that somehow, despite being uncomfortable with scaring our kids, we also need to prepare them in some way for such an emergency. And I also am really surprised and happy to know that the creep ultimately turned himself in, such was the community pressure to get this guy. Thank goodness he's off the streets!! Great post, SD!

Unknown said...

Love that the little boy screamed so loudly he scared off the abductor -- and REALLY am relieved that the creep finally turned himself in due to all the community pressure. Mayor Nutter, I love you!!!

Michelle said...

This topic breaks my heart. There can't ever be too many stories online like this one. Lets keep keeping kids safe.

Lisa said...

This is such a scary topic. So many wacko people in the world. It pays to be extra careful when it comes to kids. Gone are the days when they can roam and wander at will. So sad.