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Armed school worker stops attempted kidnap suspect

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An armed school employee in Utah was able to stop an attempted kidnapping suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived, according to officials.

The incident occurred Tuesday when a man grabbed an 11-year-old girl at a school playground in Ogden. The armed school employee told the man to leave the playground as he was trying to pull the little girl away with him. The man then let go of the girl and the employee took all the children inside, then drew his weapon and held the man off when he punched a window in an apparent attempt to force his way inside, police said.

The worker called 911 and they arrested the man identified as 41-year-old Ira Cox-Berry. He is facing charges on suspicion of attempted child kidnapping. Police say the employee has a concealed-weapons permit and possessed the gun lawfully.

No connection was found between the suspect and the girl, police said.