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Suspect in Brazen Florida Abduction Attempt Ruled Not Competent, Ordered Committed

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Craig Bonello photo from an unrelated arrest in February.Citrus County Sheriff

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A Florida man seen in a video grabbing a 13-year-old girl in an attempted abduction that was thwarted by the teen's mother has been found incompetent to stand trial, authorities said.

Craig Bonello, 30, was ordered to be committed for mental health treatment, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement last week.

Bonello had been charged with kidnapping and child abuse in the June 7 incident at a Dollar General store in Hernando.

Related: Off-Duty Deputy Who Helped Thwart Kidnapping Was in 'Shock'

The girl’s mother fought with Bonello after he grabbed the teen, and Bonello ran out of the store and was arrested by an off-duty deputy who stumbled across the scene while picking up cleaning supplies.

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Two doctors evaluated Bonello and recommended he be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility under the state Department of Children and Families, and a judge signed the order on Aug. 17, according to court records.

Bonello has a history of mental illness beginning when he was 18 or 19 years old, John Spivey, Bonello’s former public defender, has said. The issues led to a discharge from the Air Force, he said.

Bonello has been ordered incompetent to stand trial in an unrelated 2009 criminal case, according to court records.

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