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Blue slime leads to arrest of Florida would-be kidnapper

A man seen in a viral video trying to kidnap an 11-year old girl at a Florida bus stop this week was in court yesterday.

He was caught thanks to a quick-thinking 11-year-old girl, Alyssa Bonal, who not only fended off the knife-wielding would-be kidnapper at her Pensacola bus stop but she also left blue slime evidence on his arm. It was a forensic tactic she got from watching episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” with her mother, Amber Bonal.

Moms says her daughter told her that she was playing with homemade slime while waiting for her bus Tuesday morning when she saw the man running toward her.

“Her first words were, ‘Somebody tried to kidnap me. He grabbed me by my throat and he had a knife.’ She said she was able to kick and she tripped him and freed herself,” Amber Bonal told the News Journal in an exclusive interview Wednesday morning, a little more than 24 hours after the attack. “She said, ‘Mom, I had to leave some sort of evidence behind, like on Law & Order SVU.’ We’ve watched probably every episode on Hulu. She’s a smart cookie, she thinks on her toes. She got that slime everywhere.”

Detectives say, the blue dye from the slime was part of the evidence that led police to 30-year-old Jared Paul Stanga, who was arrested and charged Tuesday night in the attempted kidnapping case. Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said Stanga had a white Dodge Journey at his home like the one seen on surveillance video used in the attack and the vehicle had a matching license plate. Simmons said Stanga tried to paint over the front chrome bumper with black paint by the time deputies came knocking on his door.