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Man accused of trying to kidnap a girl, 9, at the Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando

Mugshot for Jason Mikel, who are charged with trying to kidnap a 9-year-old girl in a Harry Potter attraction at Universal Resort Orlando in Florida.
(Orange County Jail)

A 23-year-old man was jailed on a kidnapping charge after a 9-year-old girl told police a stranger tried to grab her at a Harry Potter attraction at the Universal Orlando resort.

Orlando police said Jason Mikel, of Minooka, Ill., was arrested Sunday, shortly after the incident in the locker room on the Forbidden Journey ride, Fox 35 Orlando reports.

The police said that they interviewed the girl, her mother and a witness to the arrest of Mikel.

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“A man touched her on the shoulder and told her to go outside and her mother was outside,” an arrest affidavit stated, with reference to the girl. “They were scared and was able to get away from him and return to her mother.”

Universal employees grabbed the man after he tried to run off and held him for the police, the station reported.

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Mikel was also charged with battery and possession of marijuana, the station reported.

He was booked into the Orange County Jail, where he was being held without bail.

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