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24-Year-Old Man Arrested After Allegedly Trying to Abduct 13-Year-Old Girl in Hempstead Suburb

What to Know

  • A 24-year-old man was arrested -- accused of following a 13-year-old girl home from school and trying to to abduct her earlier this week
  • Jarrod James, of Roosevelt, is facing multiple charges
  • The kidnapping attempt that was thwarted after the girl bravely fought him off, police say

A 24-year-old man was arrested -- accused of following a 13-year-old girl home from school and trying to to abduct her earlier this week. A kidnapping attempt that was thwarted after the girl bravely fought him off, police say.

Jarrod James, of Roosevelt, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, assault in the second degree, attempted kidnapping and criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation, according to Nassau County police.

It is unclear when James will be arraigned on the charges.

Attorney information for him was not immediately available.

The attempted abduction occurred just after noon near Lawrence Road Middle School.

The teen said she noticed a man in the parking lot who followed her onto Adams Street. The suspect chased her and grabbed her from behind, putting his hand over her mouth, police said.

The victim's house was nearby and she managed to escape the man's grasp twice before running inside her residence.

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