Colonial Heights, VA—A man who grabbed a young girl's arm and tried to abduct her last year was convicted Tuesday.
On March 28, 2012, Earl Manning, Jr. was riding his bicycle near a residence in Colonial Heights. He approached two children who were playing at the home, and told one of them, a 7-year-old girl, "come ride with me, we aren't coming back." He then grabbed the girl's arm, causing redness and a mark, and pulled her towards his bicycle.
Along with the girl pulling away from Manning, her aunt and mother also assisted in freeing her from his grip. The child's aunt and mother then physically removed Manning from the property, and called police. Manning was subsequently arrested.
Colonial Heights Commonwealth's Attorney, William Bray, stated, "I'm happy the child was not hurt and a child predator is off the streets".
Manning was convicted January 15 in Colonial Heights Circuit Court for convicted of one count of Abduction with Intent to Defile; he was also convicted of Felony Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer and sentenced to six months of mandatory jail time.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Fields, who prosecuted the case stated, "Justice was done in this case. Anyone in Colonial Heights who puts their hands on a child with the intent to harm them will be held responsible".
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