CCTV has captured the disturbing moment a four-year-old girl was lured into a stranger’s car petrol station as her mother was paying inside.
The video shows a man in black coaxing Elizaveta Kolisnichenko out of the petrol station in Ukraine and into the back seat of a white car, before he gets into the driver’s seat and takes off.
"Dad was in the car, mum went to the gas station with her, and while mum was standing at the checkout, the girl was looking at toys," a witness told local media outlet Gazeta.
Kiev Regional Police officer Andrey Nebitov said the abduction was reported at around 8pm on August 28 and took place at a petrol station in Boryspil, a city about 18 miles southeast of the capital Kiev.
The suspect, a 29-year-old man, was stopped by police less than two hours later near Boryspil airport after a large police operation was launched to find the pair.
The suspect “confessed to police that he had kidnapped a child with criminal intent,” the Ukraine Ministry of Internal Affairs said.
Officer Nebitov thanked police officers and others who helped in the search, and said he was sure they had prevented a “much more heinous sexual offence.”
The video shows Elizaveta being reunited with her relieved parents, police reported the little girl was unharmed in the incident.
The suspect was filmed as he was taken into custody and arrested.
The interior ministry said the man is suspected of three crimes, including rape. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
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