Mom Says 'Law & Order' Helped Her Daughter, 11, Fight a Man Who Tried to Kidnap Her

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 23, 2021
09:00 A.M.
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Just like the biblical story of David and Goliath, an 11-year-old girl recently fought off a grown man and escaped the clutches of her kidnapper.


As recently seen in the city of Pensacola, Florida, the world can be a dangerous place where an 11-year-old girl had to thwart the plans of an alleged male kidnapper by bravely fighting back and escaping.

The failed kidnapping attempt reportedly occurred in the morning while the victim, Alyssa Bonal, was alone at the Pensacola bus stop, waiting for her school bus when the assailant suddenly attacked her.

A portrait of a home in West Pensacola on September 16th, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images


The victim's mother, Amber Bonal, told sources that her daughter, who she described as a "smart cookie," was able to avert the crisis thanks to her quick thinking and the TV series "Law & Order: SVU."

Amber explained that by watching episodes of the famous police show, the 11-year-old knew not only to fight back her attacker but also to leave behind the crucial evidence that led to the assailant's arrest.


As earlier stated, Alyssa, the victim, was waiting for her school bus when a man approached her with a knife in his hand and tried to drag the 11-year-old to his vehicle forcefully.

According to Chip Simmons, the Escambia County Sheriff, this wasn't Stanga's first offense.


Before the altercation occurred, the young girl played with blue slime, as per her usual routine. This slime became significant evidence because Alyssa marked her assailant with it.

According to sources, the suspect, a 30-year-old male named Jared Paul Stanga, was arrested on multiple charges, including kidnapping a child under 13, aggravated assault with a weapon, and simple battery.


The assailant had allegedly approached Alyssa before the kidnapping attempt, which made the victim's mother follow the 11-year-old to the bus stop every day as a precaution once she learned about Stanga's existence. 

However, on that fateful day, Amber could not escort her daughter to the bus stop. Upon noticing her absence, the 30-year-old male tried to kidnap Alyssa, but he was fortunately unsuccessful.


According to Chip Simmons, the Escambia County Sheriff, this wasn't Stanga's first offense as the Pensacola man has a long history of crimes that included child abuse.

The 30-year-old assailant's crimes earned him a bond that was over $1.5 million as stipulated by a judge. Stanga reportedly received $1 million for the attempted kidnapping charge and $505,000 for other charges.