According to a local report, a Florida man who was chasing two girls at a church last week in an alleged attempt to abduct them was stopped by an observing mother.
David Daniel, 37, of Brandon, began chasing two elementary school-age girls at Cherry Bar and Grill in Fishhawk’s Park Square and told them he would monitor their walk home, FOX13 Tampa reported, citing Hillsboro County Deputies.
As Daniels walks past the girls from the church, a good Samaritan who sees them says she thinks something is wrong.
“One of the little girls was confronting me, ‘Please help me, this is not my dad,'” the woman, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the station.
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The woman said Daniel put his hand around a girl’s neck and whispered something in her ear. He later said that he had just arrived and that he wanted to help, according to the woman.
Feeling that the man was not telling the truth, the woman said she invited him to church until she had a chance to call the police for help.
“I got into a conversation with him,” she said. “I said, ‘Oh, well, where did you come from?’ He said, ‘Oh, I’m not sure.’
When the deputies arrived, they saw Daniels returning to the downtown area and arrested him.
Before reaching the church, deputies said Daniels struck one girl in the head several times and placed the other in a headlock. The deputies said the children believed they were being abducted.
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Anonymous Good Samaritan, who is also a mother, said she did not want any identification to help the children.
“I don’t want to be a hero,” she said. “I just did what I hope no one would do for my own children.”
According to online records, Daniels was charged in Hillsboro County Jail with two counts each of false imprisonment and child abuse. He was held on a bond of $ 104,000.