🌟 Brave Young Hero Meets Law & Order: SVU Star Mariska Hargitay! Unforgettable Surprise for 11-Year-Old Alyssa Bonal, Who Fought off a Kidnapper! 👧💪❤️
2024/01/03

On Thursday, Mariska Hargitay, the star of Law & Order: SVU, expressed her admiration for a young fan of the show who bravely fought off an attempted kidnapper by using blue slime to mark him for identification.

The following day, the actress surprised 11-year-old Alyssa Bonal with a virtual chat on the Today Show. During the show, Today Show host Kerry Sanders informed Alyssa of the surprise. He introduced Mariska as Captain Olivia Benson, the character she portrays on the show. Mariska greeted Alyssa and asked how she was doing. Alyssa responded that she was good. Mariska then praised Alyssa's bravery and commended her for her quick thinking in the face of danger. Mariska showed Alyssa a signed script and read aloud what she had written: "You are my hero. You're amazing sweetheart. You're amazing and strong and brave."

Mariska then asked Alyssa what she was planning to watch on TV that night. Alyssa excitedly answered, "Law & Order!" This response was fitting, as earlier in the week, Alyssa had revealed that she had been inspired by Law & Order: SVU to smear blue slime on her attacker, just like the show's characters often use evidence to apprehend criminals. The incident occurred when Alyssa was waiting for her school bus in Pensacola. Surveillance video captured the moment a man, later identified as Jared Paul Stanga, approached her and put her in a headlock. Alyssa fought back, and the two fell to the ground as Stanga tried to drag her towards his van. She eventually managed to break free, and Stanga fled the scene. The video footage showed Alyssa's resourcefulness in action. A day-long manhunt led to Stanga's arrest. When police found him, his arms were still covered in blue dye from the slime Alyssa had used to mark him.

The heartwarming surprise and conversation between Mariska Hargitay and Alyssa Bonal on the Today Show served as a reminder of the impact television can have on its viewers and how acts of bravery can inspire others.

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