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Man accused of trying to kidnap girl at Harry Potter ride

Jason Mikel was arrested at Universal Orlando Resort.
Jason Mikel was arrested at Universal Orlando Resort.

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Illinois man has been charged with attempting to kidnap a 9-year-old girl from a Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

An arrest affidavit shows Jason Mikel of Minooka is facing charges of kidnapping, battery and cannabis possession.

He was arrested Sunday and remained in jail Monday.

According to the arrest affidavit, Mikel touched the girl on the shoulders in a locker area of the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and told her to go outside where her mother was.

"Mommy is over here," Mikel told the girl, according to a witness.

The witness said the girl was frightened, broke free and ran to her mother, who had lost sight of her daughter for a brief moment.

Police said Mikel ran away, but was detained by employees who followed him to the Hogwarts Express train. 

Television station WKMG reports that during a court hearing Monday an attorney with the local public defender’s office said the evidence doesn't support a charge of kidnapping.

The judge gave the state 24 hours to file a supplemental report, but ordered that Mikel be held without bond until further notice.