It is truly a scary world we are living in! WFTV9 Orlando reported that a 23-year-old man attempted to kidnap a 9-year-old girl outside the Forbidden Journey Ride inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort.
Reports from the Orange County Sheriffs state that Jason Mikel, of Minooka, Illinois, approached the 9-year-old girl Sunday around 3:45 p.m. in a locker room area of the Forbidden Journey ride. The girl told officers a man grabbed her shoulders and told her to go outside to her mother. A witness told police she overheard the man tell the girl, “Mommy was over here.”
According to the report, a witness said the girl broke free from the man and ran over to her mother. The girl’s mother told police she lost sight of her daughter for only a brief moment. The man ran away from the Forbidden Journey ride where park employees followed him to the Hogwarts Express train ride, where he appeared to fall while running away. Mikel was detained by a police sergeant working at the park.
Mikel is charged with battery, attempted kidnapping and marijuana possession. He was also issued a trespass warning for all Universal Studios properties, police said.
Source: WFTV9 Orlando
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