A California good Samaritan foiled the kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl after a suspect reportedly tried to drag her into his van.
Police in San Francisco, California, arrested 25-year-old Albert Brown, 25, after he allegedly attempted to abduct the young girl while she was walking to school on the morning of Oct. 9, KRON 4 reports.
On Oct. 13, the San Francisco Police Department said that the girl encountered the suspect at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Osceola Lane and La Salle Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview district, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
When they passed each other, Brown reportedly grabbed the girl by her shirt collar and began dragging her toward a van.
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A passerby noticed the attempted abduction and intervened to save the girl, according to police. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived.
On Oct. 13, Brown was arrested and booked, KRON 4 reports.
Brown faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and inflicting mental suffering on a child.
Responders treated the girl at the scene for back and neck pain.
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Over the last few years, San Francisco has seen an increase in crime accompanying the city's rise in popularity due to the tech boom in Silicon Valley, noted the Los Angeles Times in November 2014.
Between 2012 and 2013, the city experienced a more than 20 percent increase in violent crimes, such as robbery and assault, and property crimes, such as theft and burglary.
"When we see crime statistics like this, we want to examine why there's a spike and what we can do to address it," San Francisco's elected public defender, Jeff Adachi, told The Times, adding that the spike in crime rates is disconcerting for residents.
Ever since the rise in crime, the city has started campaigns reminding city dwellers to remain vigilant in public and be aware of their surroundings.