Disturbing footage shows the moment a man violently snatches a young girl with his arm tight around her neck, before dragging her away.
Disturbing footage has been released of a man grabbing a nine-year-old girl in broad daylight and dragging her into bushes.
The child was walking down a quiet street in the town of Solnechnogorsk, Russia, 65km northwest of Moscow, before the suspect violently snatched her with his arm tight around her neck, The Sun reports.
The girl later said he then whispered in her ear: “Do you want to live?” as he held her in the chokehold.
A local woman witnessed the horrific incident and began screaming as loud as she could – unnerving the man, who let the girl go and fled the area, according to reports.
The girl was left with bruises on her face and around her neck.
She told police she was hit in the face by the unidentified man as he tried to take her away.
Local authorities launched an investigation and arrested a suspect shortly after the incident.
The investigation remains ongoing. It is not clear what charge the prosecutor intends to bring against the man.
Footage of the terrifying moment was shared across the country in the wake of a series of high-profile cases involving children.
Earlier this month, a man killed his best friend and buried him in the woods after finding out he had raped his nine-year-old daughter.
Two children were also allegedly raped and killed by a convicted child sex attacker who was seen just moments earlier buying treats for them.
Back in August, two teenagers aged 19 and 15 were jailed for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl who was found at the bottom of a well in the Siberian town of Nizhnyaya Koya.
The string of deeply disturbing cases has led to calls for an immediate end to a decades-old moratorium on the use of the death penalty in Russia.
Deputy speaker of the Russian parliament Mikhail Yemelyanov said: “We believe that paedophile murderers and terrorists should face the death penalty.”
He said Russia should ignore a ban on the death penalty imposed by the Council of Europe, adding: “Such scoundrels must be executed. We will insist on this.”
He’s aiming to have a vote after Russia’s legislative elections on September 19.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission