Kissimmee resident Alfredo Sanchez, 49, of walked up behind an 8-year-old girl, wrapped his arms around her waist and tried to walk away, authorities said.
Witnesses said the child started screaming and Sanchez yelled, “This is my girl.”
Two of the witnesses knew something wasn’t right and held Sanchez to the ground until police arrived, according to a police report.
An officer at the airport heard the child’s screams and saw Transportation Security Administration agents yelling into their radios to respond to the B side exit.
When the officer got to the scene, he saw Sanchez lying on the ground with his hands behind his back and two witnesses holding him down, according to the report.
Police said the child was not physically injured, but was “obviously traumatized by the suspect."
The officer called for backup and based on witness and the child’s mother’s statements, he believes that Sanchez tried to kidnap the child.
Sanchez is jailed without bond on charges related to the incident.