Las Vegas man, 18, stopped in kidnapping attempt at northern Kentucky school

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

Benjamin Margitza (Courtesy/Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Benjamin Margitza (Courtesy/Boone County Sheriff's Office)

A male student was instrumental in breaking up an attempted kidnapping outside a northern Kentucky high school on Monday morning, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

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The student stopped 18-year-old Benjamin Margitza, of Las Vegas, Nevada, from forcing a juvenile female Conner High School student to leave the campus with him. Margitza told authorities his intent was to convince the female to engage in sex with him once he was able to get her back to his hotel. 

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Monday night, Margitza remained in the Boone County Detention Center on charges of attempted kidnapping of a minor and criminal trespass, according to the sheriff's office. 

According to the preliminary investigation, Margitza flew to Hebron, Ky., where the high school is located, from Las Vegas on Saturday night on a mission to contact with the student. He met her approximately four years ago through a now-defunct online app. 

Within the past year, Margitza contacted the student again and began making explicit, sexual statements while also obsessing over her by stating how he wanted to marry her. 

Margitza saw the female student in the school parking lot about 11 a.m. Monday and grabbed her arm. He followed her as she screamed and began to run. 

The male student, who the sheriff's office did not identify by name, heard the altercation and intervened by stopping Margitza from following her. 

She then made contact with the SRO in the school to report what had just occurred. 

The SRO apprehended Margitza, who was trying to leave the campus in an Uber. 

He told detectives he would have followed the female into the school if the male student hadn’t stopped him.