This is the terrifying moment a man tried to grab a young girl off the street – but was scared away the screams of an bystander.
The nine-year-old girl, who showed the bruises she received in the attempted abduction, later told local media that the man had chillingly asked her if she wanted to live after violently grabbing her and dragging her away.
The incident, from which footage has now been released, took place in Solnechnogorsk near Moscow, Russia.
The country has been rocked by a series of high-profile paedophile cases in recent months
Last month, two teens aged 19 and 15 were sentenced to prison for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl who was found at the bottom of a well in the Siberian town of Nizhnyaya Koya.
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And, earlier this month, a man killed his best friend and buried him in the woods after finding out he raped his daughter, also aged nine.
Local news site Gazeta reports that the footage of the man sneaking up on the girl and then grabbing her by the throat was posted on a Telegram channel ‘Traffic accidents and emergency situations MOSCOW and MO’.
In the clip, the man can be seen casually approaching the girl from behind before grabbing her in a tight chokehold and dragging her towards the bushes.
The young victim showed local media her bruises and said that the man who grabbed her whispered in her ear: “Do you want to live?”
Gazeta reports that a local resident witnessed what was happening and started screaming as loud as she could, which spooked the attacker.
He then let the girl go and fled the scene.
Local authorities launched an investigation and detained the suspect shortly after the incident, reports say.
The probe continues and it is not yet clear what charge prosecutors intend to bring against the man.
The string of disturbing cases has led to calls for an immediate end to a decades-old moratorium on use of the death penalty in Russia, reports the Sun.
Deputy speaker of the Russian parliament Mikhail Yemelyanov said: “We believe that paedophile murderers and terrorists should face the death penalty.”
He said Russia should ignore a ban on the death penalty imposed by the Council of Europe, adding: “Such scoundrels must be executed. We will insist on this.”
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