Cobb County authorities recently arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly tried to kidnap an 11-year-old girl from a bathroom stall. The mall kidnapper was confronted and later subdued by the girl’s father and other people who witnessed the incident.
Father Said Daughter Was Held at Knifepoint by Mall Kidnapper
According to the local authorities, the incident occurred on Tuesday evening, at the Town Center Mill. The parties involved were Danzell Mitchell, 26, the suspect, his 11-year-old victim, and the girl’s father.
Based on the child’s father’s testimony, the two of them left home and went to buy a couple of things from the mall. At one point, the child asked his father’s permission to use the restroom.
Unbeknownst to her, Mitchell occupying the bathroom stall next to the one used by the child.
Upon leaving the stall and heading towards the exit, the suspect sprung out of hiding and grabbed the child. The suspect then brandished a knife and threatened to kill the child.
The child screamed and managed to escape the bathroom. She then ran to her father and told her about the man who held her at knifepoint.
As the child talked to her father, the mall kidnapper ran out of the bathroom and went towards the exit. Upon seeing the assailant, the Cobb County dad went to confront him.
A fight ensued between the girl’s father and Mitchell. Several minutes later, the man managed to subdue Mitchell with the help of other shoppers who witnessed the incident.
The authorities took Mitchell into custody and charged him with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, and first-degree cruelty to children.
During his police interview, the mall kidnapper declared that while the other shoppers restrained him, the girl’s father talked to another woman who allegedly pointed at him from time to time and whispered something in the man’s ear.
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