OGDEN, Utah (WJW) — An armed employee at an elementary school in Utah helped prevent a little girl from being taken.
Police say on Tuesday, a 41-year-old man grabbed an 11-year-old girl who was on the playground with other students. According to police, he pulled the child away as if he intended to leave with her.
A school employee confronted the suspect and demanded he leave.
The suspect then let the child go, giving the employee enough time to get the children into a classroom.
It was then, police say, the suspect began punching a window of the building, trying to get inside. Ogden police say the school employee then took out a firearm, holding the suspect off while calling 911.
When officers arrived, the suspect — identified as Ira Cox-Berry — was taken into custody after a brief struggle. He’s been charged with one count of child kidnapping. Police say there’s no known connection between Cox-Berry and the child he was allegedly trying to take.
The school employee who produced the gun is a concealed firearm permit holder, and was lawfully in possession of the gun, police say.