Suspect arrested in kidnapping of 9-year-old girl

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Phoenix police have arrested a suspect who they say kidnapped a 9-year-old girl from her home early Friday morning.

According to Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, officers located the suspect early Saturday morning near 18th and Glendale avenues.

Fortune said the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Dakota Johnson, was detained and arrested just before 1 a.m.

Police say Johnson abducted the girl from her home nearby but the girl was able to fight the suspect off and get help. 

[ORIGINAL STORY: 9-year-old girl escapes from would-be kidnapper in Phoenix]

According to court documents, Johnson opened the bedroom window of the 9-year-old girl and reached in  the window, picked her up, and carried her over his shoulder to another apartment complex about a quarter mile away where he put her down beside a trash can.

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The young victim pretended to be asleep through the abduction. But as soon as Johnson put her down, she bolted from her kidnapper and found two nearby women that helped her contact the police.

Investigators located Johnson in the area and he denied any involvement in the incident, saying he was at his apartment, according to court documents. But his roommate told police Johnson was not at their home during the time of the kidnapping. Johnson was arrested and later confessed to taking the girl from her window, court documents say.

Some of the people who live at the girl's apartment complex say they saw some strange things early Friday morning.

“I heard screaming and yelling, like it was like a sad kid screaming," Leanna Maul said. She saw a strange man outside her bedroom window.

“He was right there and then when I looked out that’s when he left.” 

Johnson has been booked for kidnapping. 

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