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Man in Custody for Alleged Abduction Attempt

BARRETT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man is in custody after allegedly trying to abduct an 11-year-old girl from her home in the Poconos. Police were called to a hom...

BARRETT TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A man is in custody after allegedly trying to abduct an 11-year-old girl from her home in the Poconos.

Police were called to a home on Naomi Lane near Cresco around 3 a.m. Monday. Investigators say the suspect, Dudley Robinson, lives in the basement of the home.

Police say he took an 11-year-old girl out of her bed and forced her into a van. The girl's screams woke her parents up, and both the girl's parents and police were able to stop Robinson before the situation got worse.

"It's scary. It's really scary," Danielle Cavanagh said. "You never think something like this would happen next door."

According to court papers, Robinson went into the girl's bedroom, grabbed her by the hair, and dragged her outside to a van that was parked in the driveway. The child's parents heard her screaming and attempted to stop Robinson. Once Robinson got the girl into the van, he put it reverse but then slammed into a tree with her parents still holding on to it. After that, police say he said he was "done," and went to the porch with a handgun.

Police were able to stop and arrest Robinson before he could cause harm to himself or anyone around him.

The girl and her parents both have minor injuries.

Neighbors say the whole situation is scary, and they are glad no one got badly hurt.

"He pulled the parents I heard. It's just mind-boggling, and she's a little girl. You know, I just don't know," Christine Macluso said.

Police have not said why Robinson attempted to kidnap the girl. He's locked up in the Monroe County Correctional Facility with bail set at $500,000.

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