A 29-year-old man who tried to drag a 17-year-old girl he did not know out of an Aliso Viejo bookstore last month—telling the shocked teenager he was going to marry her— pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor child annoyance.
Saif Mohamed Moussa was immediately sentenced to 38 days in jail.
Under a plea deal, a felony charge of attempted false imprisonment was dismissed, and Moussa was also placed on three years of formal probation.
We reported on the case May 20:
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The girl was shopping in a Barnes & Noble store around 2 p.m. May 18 when Moussa wrapped her up in a bear hug and started walking her to the front door. "He said he intended to marry her," Jim Amormino, the Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman, explained at the time.
But Moussa's plans were spoiled by the runaway bride, who broke free near the front entrance and ran to her father, an off-duty sheriff's deputy, who detained the nut until help arrived.