A male has been remanded into custody after being charged with the kidnap and rape of a teenage girl in Merton.
Police were called shortly after 07:00 hours to the North Place area on Tuesday, 3rd November.
A member of the public who – has been hailed as a hero – followed a male as he appeared to lead a teenage girl into an alleyway.
After confronting the male, his victim wrapped her arms around the good samaritan who had persisted in her attempts to engage the male, despite being fobbed off.
The suspect then walked away from the victim.
A video was shared on social media of the moment when the good samaritan saved the teenage victim.
Later on Tuesday evening, videos emerged online of groups of young males visiting various addresses in the area, as they looked for the suspect.
Kadian Nelson, 26, of the Mitcham area, was arrested on Tuesday, 3rd November and was charged with rape and kidnap.
He appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 5 November).
Nelson was remanded in custody to appear at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, 19 November.
A teenage girl and her family continue to be supported by specialist SOIT officers.
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