No bond for thwarted kidnapping suspect

- The man accused of trying to kidnap a girl from a Citrus County store won't be getting out of jail anytime soon.  A judge ordered Craig Bonello to be held without bond during a brief appearance this morning.

Yesterday, deputies say, Bonello grabbed a 13-year-old girl inside the Dollar General store in Hernando.  In a dramatic scene captured on surveillance video, the girl's mother fought back, swinging at Bonello and hanging on to her daughter until Bonello tried to run from the store.

VIDEO: Watch the surveillance footage

An off-duty deputy blocked Bonello's vehicle in the parking lot and eventually arrested him. He faces charges of child abuse and kidnapping.

The girl's mother said she did not know Bonello, but the 20-year-old is no stranger to law enforcement.  He has several prior arrests and, just three weeks ago, was found not competent to stand trial for a trespassing charge from February.

In court today, Bonello spoke only briefly, answering the judge's questions and explaining that he's lived in Inverness for 20 years.

The judge ultimately requested another mental evaluation for Bonello and ordered that he be held in jail, at least for now.

"I'm a little concerned because obviously he's had mental problems in the past and he may have been Baker Acted in the past, and now things have gotten a bit worse," the judge offered.

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