OVERLEA, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County Police detectives made an arrest in an attempted kidnapping and assault in Overlea, officials said Wednesday morning.
Police have charged 24-year-old Jawuan Williams with kidnapping, second-degree assault and other related charges.READ MORE: Baltimore Police Searching For Missing 18-Year-Old
The incident happened on Saturday, April 3, around 4:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of Fullerton Avenue.
Police said a 12-year-old girl was walking when she was approached by an unknown man who assaulted her and then pulled her into his vehicle.
The girl was able to escape from the vehicle and then flagged down a passing motorist for assistance.
“She was pulled into the vehicle, a struggle ensued, at that point, she was able to escape from the vehicle to flag down help,” Danielle Moore, of the Baltimore County Police Department, said.READ MORE: 'I Think That Is Just Horrible': Owner Of Escaped Zebras On The Loose In Prince George's County Charged With Three Counts Of Animal Cruelty
Abigail Rymer lives nearby the scene of the alleged attack.
“That is just one more person that’s off the streets and can’t take 12-year-old girls and do whatever they do to them,” Rymer said.
Rymer said she plans to be more cautious in this area.
”I got kids, they could take them. I’ve got siblings, they’ll take my siblings. You never know,” she said. “I definitely don’t want my little sister or them sitting out in the front yard. Anyone could just come by and snatch them up.”
The child was taken to an area hospital, treated and released. She is home recovering, according to Baltimore County Police detectives.MORE NEWS: Heavy Traffic Expected Downtown Thursday Evening
Williams is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no-bail status pending a bail review hearing.