A group of Maryland middle schoolers prevented an attempted abduction of one of their classmates while waiting for the school bus. According to local police, a man grabbed one of the children and pulled them toward an apartment building. However, several students intervened and the victim escaped. The incident occurred in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the police arrested a 31-year-old Maryland man, Jamaal Germany, in connection with the incident. Germany was charged with attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault.
Three people who live near the bus stop told WJLA that Germany has yelled at them and tried to kick in one of their doors over the past few days. The residents spoke to the station anonymously because they said they feared retaliation.
“I have a high school student, and she catches the bus early in the morning, and apparently he was at the bus stop last week doing the same thing,” one anonymous neighbor told the outlet.
A trial for Germany is scheduled for May, according to court records.
The FBI reported that 546,568 people were missing in 2022, but it does not have a record of how many were actual kidnappings or abductions.
On average, fewer than 350 Americans under the age of 21 have been abducted by strangers per year between 2010 and 2017, according to Reuters.