Man Arrested for Kidnap & Rape of Young Schoolgirl in London
Pedophile charged after girl was 'snatched off the street and forced to perform sex acts'
Police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a young girl from the streets of London and raping her in broad daylight.
Kadian Nelson has today been charged with the rape and kidnap of the young schoolgirl in south-west London on Tuesday.
Nelson is believed to reside in the Mitcham area and was arrested following a manhunt after the alleged attack at 7 am as the victim made her way to school.
He is due to appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today.
The young girl, whose age has not been released, is being supported by officers.
Police were scrambled to Mitcham after the alleged early-morning attack, with a viral video of the incident triggering a public manhunt.
Nelson was arrested at around 8 pm in Tooting after an image was circulated by police, according to The Daily Mail.
Officers had taken the unusual step of identifying Nelson and urging him to hand himself in "for his own safety."
Scotland Yard issued a Section 60 dispersal order for Merton and Wandsworth, giving police the power to search anyone and instruct them to leave the area.
A woman intervened in the attack and filmed the incident on her phone, which helped identify the attacker.
The video quickly went viral across social media, with locals working to hunt down the suspect.
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Police have urged a suspect to hand himself in “for his own safety” after a teenage girl was allegedly abducted and raped in south-west London!— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) November 3, 2020
The Metropolitan Police released an image of a man named Kadian Nelson, 26. pic.twitter.com/P6rtyIeeDu
The Met had warned people not to "take the law into their own hands" after crowds of locals are said to have visited various addresses following the alleged attack.
People have been warned to not share information via social media which could identify the girl or affect proceedings.
Det Supt Owain Richards had said: "Police have been conducting extensive enquiries today to locate Kadian Nelson after an allegation of rape was received shortly after 07:00hrs to the North Place area on Tuesday, 3 November.
"A teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers.
"I am appealing directly to Kadian to attend his nearest police station immediately or to call police and inform us as to his whereabouts.
"This is for his safety, as well as members of the public.
"I recognize that this is a shocking and distressing incident and emotions locally are running very high.
"We are of course aware of videos and images circulating on social media, and of groups of people attending various addresses.
"I urge those people to go home.
"Do not try to take the law into your own hands or you may end up doing something you regret and potentially face police action yourself.
"You must allow us to do our jobs.
"It is imperative that we follow the right processes as we investigate this incident as any interference could potentially affect proceedings further down the line.
"A Section 60 Order has been authorized for the entirety of the Borough of Merton and Wandsworth, granting police additional stop and search powers, as a result of fears of serious violence."