Third-grade girl escaped attempted kidnapping, Pr. George’s police say

A third-grade girl walking alone to school escaped an attempted abduction Monday, and a Clinton man is now facing charges in connection with the incident, Prince George’s County Police said. There wouldn’t have been a quick arrest in this case, police added, if it weren’t for one officer’s “sharp memory and quick actions.”

A student arrived at James Ryder Randall Elementary School around 11:10 a.m. Monday and told officials that a man chased her and tried to grab her book bag, authorities said. The school called police, who began searching for the man.

When Prince George’s police officer Ariel Acosta heard about the attempted kidnapping, the description of the assailant sounded familiar. The details matched that of a man Acosta gave a ride home to nine months earlier, Acosta said. The six-year police veteran dug up notes from the trunk of his car, found the address and knocked on the man’s door.

Police arrested 53-year-old Anthony Donald Logan, who is facing attempted kidnapping, assault and trespassing charges in connection with the incident.

Last summer, Acosta revived a toddler through CPR after the child had choked after getting tangled in window-blind cords, police said.

“Kids always have a special place in my heart,” Acosta said. “They’re innocent in every way. We always want to take care of them.”

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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