Surveillance footage of an attempted abduction at a dollar store in Florida has gone viral, with the 30-second clip getting nearly three million views since the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office posted the clip on June 7.
The footage shows Craig Bonello, 30, attempting to abduct a young girl, but thanks to the quick thinking of the girl’s mom and an off-duty deputy, his efforts were thwarted. He’s since been charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of child abuse. The 13-year-old’s identity will not be released to protect her privacy as a minor. Deputies say no one was hurt during the incident, including Deputy John Behnen.
NBC News said Bonello has prior arrests for misdemeanors, but this appears to be his first alleged kidnapping attempt, and he is held with no bond. A motive is not clear.
Photo: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office