After trying to abduct a youngster who was waiting at a bus stop, a Maryland man was detained and charged on Monday, according to the police.
At about 7:20 a.m. on Monday, Jamaal Germany, 30, is accused of seizing a Redland Middle School student on Towne Crest Drive close to Washington Grove Lane in Gaithersburg.
The victim was at the bus stop when Germany allegedly grabbed them and dragged them in the direction of an apartment complex, according to Montgomery County Police. The victim was able to escape as other students who were also waiting at the bus stop leaped in to help.
The youngsters reported the event to school personnel once the bus arrived, who then informed the school’s community engagement officer.
Germany was detained and sent to the Central Processing Center of Montgomery County.
Families were told of the event in a combined letter from the administrators of Resnik Elementary, Redland Middle School, and Magruder High School, according to FOX 5 DC. The victim is unhurt, and the culprit is in jail, the principals stated.
New York Post also confirms the news of kidnapping:
Maryland man arrested for attempting to kidnap middle schooler at bus stop https://t.co/SvG43kRgM2 pic.twitter.com/SsnYY4KbUd
— New York Post (@nypost) March 21, 2023
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What Does The Letter Say?
We are writing to provide details on a significant event that affected our community today, Monday, March 20, and how it was handled, according to the letter. “At the bus stop at the junction of Towne Crest Drive and Towne Crest Court this morning, an attempt was made to kidnap a Redland Middle School student.
A youngster attempted to be pulled inside a home but was able to escape and board the school bus as it approached. The learner suffers no injury. The incident was promptly reported to the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), who launched an investigation and apprehended a suspect after identifying him.”
Also, the letter described measures that the schools will take to guarantee student safety, and it provided resources for children in need of emotional assistance at the bus stop.
“There will continue to be an increased security presence by both MCPS and MCPD today and tomorrow at the impacted bus stop,” the letter reads. “We are sharing this information with all three school communities given that the bus stop where the incident occurred is used by students from these schools.”
“We are grateful for the quick action of our students and the bus driver and for the support of our MCPS security and Montgomery County Police Department partners,” it continues. “As additional information becomes available, I will share with the community as appropriate.
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. If you feel that your child needs to speak with someone at the school about this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor for support.”