Parma kidnapping, 2009
If you saw Santa Claus beckoning you from the bushes, what would you do? In December of 2009, a 12 year old girl in Parma, Ohio had to tackle just that conundrum. When she was on her way to school, a man in full Santa suit with a bag of candy canes tried to wave her down from inside the shrubbery.
When she ignored him, he gave chase (carrying a unicycle) and tried to grab her arm and drag her off. She escaped and ran into a nearby store, where the owner called the police. They later caught the man, mentally unstable Anthony Russo, aboard a city bus, still in full Santa suit.