(CNN) – The 11-year-old girl who avoided an alleged kidnapping attempt Against her this week he attributed to the television program “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” a quick idea that he had and that helped the authorities to identify the suspect.
In an interview with NBC’s “Today Show,” the girl, identified as Alyssa, said she branded her attacker with slime, the blue viscous rubber she was playing with because she “knew that might be a better proof if police found him.
That is exactly what happened.
At a news conference this week, Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said the girl was waiting for her school bus in Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday morning when a man arrived.
“The man got out of his vehicle with a knife, came towards me and I tried to run but he caught me,” Alyssa said on “Today.
Surveillance video released by the sheriff’s office shows the girl trying to escape before the man manages to grab her. Then a struggle occurs until she manages to free herself from the suspect and they both fall to the ground. The girl is seen running away as the man runs to his car and drives off.
Simmons said the girl was playing with blue slime at the time of the abduction attempt, and when authorities arrested the suspect, 30-year-old Jared Paul Stanga, he “had blue slime in his arms.”
“I was able to put the slime on the upper arm,” Alyssa said, “and a little on the lower arm.”
Stanga has been charged with attempted kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, aggravated battery with a weapon and simple battery, according to the sheriff’s office. He is being held on a US $ 1.5 million bond. His attorney declined to comment when contacted by CNN on Wednesday.
Simmons explained that the girl told investigators that the same man had approached her about two weeks ago at the bus stop and that it had made her feel uncomfortable.
She told her mother and school officials what happened, and her mother had accompanied her to the bus stop every day. Simmons said Tuesday was the first day since the initial incident that the girl’s mother did not accompany her to the bus stop.
When asked how she felt after narrowly escaping, Alyssa said that she was “mostly proud of myself,” and that she believed “SVU” detective Olivia Benson would probably tell her, “You’re brave and good job!” .
CNN’s Tina Burnside and David Williams contributed to this report.