Woman arrested after allegedly kidnapping 6-year-old from Fort Walton Beach bus stop
FORT WALTON BEACH — A 29-year-old woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly kidnapped a 6-year-old girl from a bus stop near Pinecrest Lane.
Alyssandra Eytzen was spotted with the girl Thursday afternoon in Pinecrest Mobile Home Park, where she was taken into custody on one count of kidnapping or false imprisonment of a child under 13 years old, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The child’s father told investigators he had left his daughter at her bus stop with other children about 8 a.m. Thursday before he left for work. He received a phone call from his brother a few hours later, who said a neighbor told him an unknown woman took the girl from the bus stop.
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They learned that the child was not at her elementary school, and began searching for her, OCSO reported. Investigators were later able to identify Eytzen as the suspect.
In an interview, Eytzen reportedly told deputies she had no home to go to and had been allowed to stay the night at the victim’s house Wednesday. She left the next morning and allegedly admitted to preventing the victim from going to school and taking her to several locations in the neighborhood.
According to OCSO, it was done without the father’s permission or knowledge. Eytzen was being held at the Okaloosa County jail without bond Friday, according to jail records.