Nightly News | July 19, 2012
>>> there is a chilling piece of video getting attention across the country. the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl caught by a surveillance camera has provided what's become known as a teachable moment for a lot of children and adults. our report on this tonight from nbc's ann thompson.
>> reporter: the picture is grainy but the intent disturbingly clear. two children walk by this car and the driver gets out to follow them. a second security camera shows him grabbing the 10-year-old girl putting his hand over her mouth and picking her up. she struggles and breaks free as her 2-year-old brother screams.
>> she said he's never screamed as loud.
>> reporter: the brazen crime tuesday afternoon shocked the nation's fifth largest city.
>> a kidnapping attempt caught on tape.
>> reporter: and brought this demand from the mayor.
>> i want this creep off our streets. immediately.
>> reporter: the suspect? 33-year-old carlos figero arrested this morning wearing a " sesame street " t-shirt. he faces a list of charges including attempted kidnapping. police credit the quick arrest to pressure brought by the suspect's family and the videotape.
>> he felt that he could not walk, talk, or breathe.
>> reporter: for the children's parents there is relief.
>> i am ecstatic he's off the streets. somebody like this isn't going to stop. we know this from history.
>> reporter: they say their daughter is a determined, strong-willed child who says she learned how to get away watching the tv show " law and order svu ."
>> she's always been, it's going to be my way or no way.
>> reporter: this is a classic case of stranger abduction says the national center for missing and exploited children . it reports 7,000 attempts in the last seven years and in 81% of those cases the children got away because like the sister and brother they did exactly what they should.
>> parents and guardians need to sit down, practice these safety scenarios with their kids, and reassure them that they are strong and that they can get away.
>> two smart, aware kids who saved themselves. anne thompson , nbc news, new york.