Deputies: 2 military trainees try to abduct 12-year-old in Pulaski County
Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, 34, and Antoine Clela, 31, are in custody after deputies say they tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl in Pulaski County Friday afternoon. By Brendan Marks
(KMOV) – Two men training at Fort Leonard Wood are in custody after deputies say they tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl in Pulaski County Friday afternoon.
Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, 34, and Antoine Clela, 31, were charged with enticement of a child and harassment.
The victim told police she was playing with a sibling in her yard when Mefleh and Clela approached her several times and tried to lure her into their vehicle. She told officers they kept asking for sexual favors.
The suspects are with a foreign military in a middle eastern country and are part of a training mission at Fort Leonard Wood, just a couple miles from where the attempted abduction took place.
"There is no diplomatic immunity, they are guests and if they were diplomats it would be different, but they're here on a training mission so we treat them like any other citizen charged with a crime," said Sheriff Ron Long with Pulaski County.
Military officials are not yet commenting on this case although Sheriff Long said they are cooperating with investigation.
Deputies who responded to the scene located the suspects. They were arrested and remain at the Pulaski County Jail on a $200,000 bond.