A group of sharp young people who thwarted an alleged kidnapping attempt Monday in Maryland are being praised for their bravery.
The incident happened at 7:20 a.m. while a child waited at a bus stop on Towne Crest Drive, NBC News reported Tuesday.
Montgomery County Police accused the suspect in the case, Jamaal Germany of Gaithersburg, of grabbing the child and pulling the individual toward a nearby apartment building.
However, when other students at the bus stop saw what was happening, they knew they had to do something to help the child, according to the police department’s social media post.
The group tried to intervene, and thanks to their efforts, the child broke free and was not hurt.
“When the school bus arrived, all the students boarded the bus and the incident was reported to school staff,” the agency continued.
Once detectives identified the 30-year-old man as the suspect, they arrested him for attempted kidnapping. Authorities are holding him at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
In a letter, principals at Redland Middle School, Judith A Resnik Elementary School, and Col. Zadok Magruder High School informed parents about what happened, noting there would continue to be an increased security presence at the bus stop.
Meanwhile, social media users praised the group of students who helped the child, one person writing, “Awesome and brave kids to jump in and assist!”
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