Alyssa from Orlando not only managed to set herself free, she even marked her abductor with the blue slime in her hand that helped investigators track him down easily.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on May 21, 2021. It has since been updated.
There is a reason Law and Order: SVU has been going on for nearly 22 years and even doing well. A part of it is rooted in reality and while that is vital to its appeal, it is also a lesson about the world of crime. It helped an 11-year-old Orlando girl from being abducted by a man as she waited at the bus stop. She not only managed to fight the abductor off, but she also made it easier for the police to locate and arrest the man within hours of the incident. The little girl was quick on her feet and Captain Olivia Benson is impressed with her feat as well.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Lessons Help 11-Year-Old Orlando Girl Mark Her Would-Be Abductor https://t.co/qHjsT0nI8c— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 20, 2021
The girl, who was identified as Alyssa, credited the crime-drama show that started 11 years before she was even born for her brave display of grit. "The man got out of his vehicle holding a knife, came towards me and I tried to run, but he caught me," she told TODAY. The man then tried to drag her back to the white van from which he first emerged. Alyssa put up a good fight and managed to escape as both of them fell onto the ground. She ran away and the man raced to his car before quickly driving away. The incident took place early in the morning at around 7 a.m. Alyssa is now safe and sound.
The 11-year-old girl who fought off an alleged kidnapping attempt this week credited “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” for some quick thinking that helped authorities identify a suspect.https://t.co/DJGAfQAeDG— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) May 20, 2021
Police have released the surveillance video showing the man driving up to the corner near Alyssa as she waited for her school bus. He charged at her and the video also shows the frightening tussle before the man gave up and ran. At the time, Alyssa had been playing with slime and mixing it with blue paint. When he tried to drag her to the van, even as she struggled to break free, she managed to smear the man with the blue slime she had in her hand. "I was able to get the slime onto his upper arm and a little bit on his lower arm," she explained. She had essentially marked the suspect.
"I knew that that might be better evidence if the cops do find him," she said. This, she said, she knew from watching Law & Order: SVU with her mother and knew she had to mark the man with the slime. During the investigation, the police managed to use the information of his vehicle from the surveillance footage and they also knew to look for a man with blue slime smeared on his arm. They found him within hours. “The suspect, when we caught him, had blue slime all over his arms,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said. The kidnapper was identified as 30-year-old Jared Paul Stanga.
Stagna has been charged with the attempted kidnapping of a child under 13, aggravated assault with a weapon, and simple battery, as per the sheriff's office, reported CNN. He's being held on a $1.5 million bond. Alyssa also recognized him as the same man who had previously approached her near the bus stop about two weeks before this incident. She recalled how he had made her feel uncomfortable and had let her mother and her school know what happened. Her mom, Amber, had walked her to and from the bus stop except on the day she was attacked. The mother and daughter had watched all the episodes of the show on Hulu together, something that came in handy.
Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Benson on the show, was impressed with Alyssa and took to Instagram to praise her efforts. “Alyssa, first and most important, I am so relieved and grateful to know that you are safe. And I am so honored to be part of your incredible story,” Hargitay wrote. “You are one BRAVE, Strong, and Smart young woman. I think the SVU squad might have to add slime to their crime fighting gear! Take good care of yourself and each other. With all my love, your number one fan, Mariska.” Alyssa is proud of herself as well.