Orlando, FL (December 31, 2018) – A 23-year-old man was arrested on kidnapping charges when he tried to take a 9-year-old girl from a Harry Potter attraction at Universal in Orlando.
The man, identified as Jason Mikel, approached a 9-year-old girl yesterday at Universal around 3:45 p.m. in a locker room in the area of the theme park’s Forbidden Journey ride. The girl spoke with officers and said that she was grabbed by her shoulders and told to go outside where her mother was waiting for her. A witness was nearby and heard the man telling the girl that her mother was outside.
The girl was apparently able to break free from the man, where she then ran to where her mother was actually located. The mother told police that she lost sight of her daughter for a brief moment at the time of the incident.
The man fled the scene. Witnesses followed him to the Hogwarts Express train ride, where he fell when he was trying to get away. This is when a police sergeant working at the park was able to detain him.
Mikel was then charged with battery, attempted kidnapping, and marijuana possession.
Orlando Kidnapping Laws
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