A group of kids reportedly stopped an alleged kidnapping attempt at a Maryland bus stop Monday morning after they sprung into action to defend a young victim, thwarting the would-be kidnapper’s intentions.
Police arrested Jamaal Germany, 30, on March 20 after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a child waiting for a school bus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, ABC News reported. As Germany reportedly attempted to steal the child away to a nearby apartment building, students who witnessed the alleged abduction attempt came to the child’s defense, allowing the victim to get away, Fox News 5 reported.
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— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) March 20, 2023
“Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified Germany as the suspect,” the Montgomery County Police Department said in a press release. “He was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit. Bond information is not available at this time.”
Principals at Resnik Elementary, Redland Middle School and Magruder High School sent a joint letter home to families informing them of the alleged kidnapping attempt and assuring them heightened security measures would be taken, Fox News 5 reported. (RELATED: Armed Iowa Mom Stops Alleged Would-Be Kidnappers From Nabbing Her Son)
“Knowing that this may have been alarming for some of our students, we are providing social emotional support to all of the students who were at the bus stop and may have witnessed this,” the letter reads, according to the outlet. School administrators encouraged any child affected by the alleged incident to speak to their school counselor for support.
Police are asking anyone with any further information on Germany to come forward as they continue their investigation, the outlet reported.