LARGO — A 12-year-old girl helped officers arrest the 72-year-old man accused of stalking and molesting her by recording video of him, according to Largo police.
That’s why detectives were monitoring her bus stop and arrested him after he followed her home Friday, police said.
Abdulla Ndregjoni, 72, of Belleair, now faces two felony charges: lewd and lascivious molestation and aggravated stalking of a child under the age of 16. The girl’s identity was withheld by police because of the nature of the allegations.
She reported to police on Thursday that a man tried to kiss her and touched her inappropriately Thursday after following and harassing her over the course of several weeks. Detectives interviewed her Friday and said she gave them video she recorded of the man walking away on the sidewalk. But she didn’t know who he was.
The same day, detectives said they set up surveillance of the girl’s school bus stop at 15th Avenue NW and Clearwater-Largo Road N. They watched as Ndregjoni followed the girl to her home, police said.
Detectives arrested Ndregjoni on the spot, police said, and he admitted to following the girl and attempting to kiss and touch her. He also said he knew she was underage, police said. Ndregjoni was being held Monday in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.
Anyone else whose children may have encountered Ndregjoni are asked to call Largo police at (727) 587-6730.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story reported incorrectly the sequence of events leading up to an arrest.