Who said television never taught anything valuable?
Alyssa Bonal, 11, of Florida recently was able to pull lessons learned from binge-watching Law and Order SVU with her mom to the ultimate test.
Bonal’s mother was planning to walk her daughter to the school bus stop when she noticed that an infant needed a diaper changing, so she promised to catch up to her older daughter after she finished the task. While waiting for the bus, Bonal came across a stranger that had been targeting her recently.
The abductor emerged from his vehicle and grabbed the little girl by the throat, gripping a knife. Bonal was able to free herself by fighting and kicking back, eventually tripping the attempted kidnapper.
She knew from watching crime shows that it was crucial to find a way to track and identify the attacker later, so she covered him in the blue slime that she had been playing with while she waited to be picked up.
The girl then rushed to a neighbor’s house, the first person she saw. When she returned home, she was covered in blue goo, much to her mother’s shock.
The topic of safety and what to do in a potential kidnapping situation was a relevant one, as mother and daughter are avid fans of the popular crime show Law and Order SVU. They had very recently had a conversation on what to do if there was ever a situation.
According to News 5 WKRG, the mother instructed that they should “kick, scream and bite and yell.” She also told them not to care whether the abductor had a weapon, just focus on running away and going to any house with an open door.
These tips ran through Bonal’s mind when the abductor grabbed her. However, it was clearly a planned attack, as Bonal reported that she saw the same man before, trying to reach her and talk to her. Being as smart as she is, she had avoided him.
Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons was able to confirm that the 30-year-old suspect Jared Paul Stanga was the culprit, due to the blue goo he had on his arm.
“Stanga has an extensive criminal history, including but not limited to, sexual offenses with a child. I’m very proud of the efforts of [the] Escambia County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Chip Simmons said to a local news outlet. “I cannot help to think this could have ended very differently had this 11-year-old victim not thought to fight, and to fight, and to just never give up. This could’ve ended terribly.”
Law and Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay has since reached out to Bonal and her family on social media.
**Adds blue slime to list of self-defense products***