Man accused of trying to abduct girl in Citrus County deemed incompetent to stand trial

Craig Bonello, Citrus County jail booking photo from February arrest

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A man accused of trying to abduct a 13-year-old girl in Citrus County was deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Craig Bonello, 30, allegedly tried to abduct the victim in June from a Dollar General at 2560 N Trucks Ave.

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Investigators say Bonello entered the store and at some point grabbed the victim, who was shopping with her mother. As the suspect ran toward the exit of the store with the girl in his arms, the mother was able to catch up to him and grab her daughter.

Screaming could be heard throughout the store as the suspect and the mother got into a tug-of-war over the girl.

Bonello finally let go of the girl and ran out the front door of the Dollar General. Off-duty Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jonathan Behnen happened to be getting out of his patrol car to enter the store. Behnen pulled his patrol car in front of the suspect’s vehicle as he tried to leave the parking lot. He ordered the man out of the car with his weapon in hand. After initially not complying, the man was taken into custody.

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On Tuesday deputies said Bonello would not stand trial at this time.

“Two doctors were assigned to evaluate Bonello to determine whether he was competent to proceed to trial in the criminal case against him,” deputies said. “The court found, based on the evaluations, that Bonello was not competent to go to trial.”

For now, the suspect has been ordered to a mental health treatment facility. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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