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Police identify Bessemer kidnapping suspect

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George David Salum's mug shot. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office George David Salum's mug shot. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
George David Salum. Source: Bessemer Police Department George David Salum. Source: Bessemer Police Department
The pursuit of the suspect ended near Hwy 150 and Ross Bridge Parkway. Source: WBRC video The pursuit of the suspect ended near Hwy 150 and Ross Bridge Parkway. Source: WBRC video
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

Bessemer police have released the name of the man they believe kidnapped a woman after trying to kidnap a 13-year-old girl on Wednesday.

George David Salum, 52, was taken into custody after police chased him from Bessemer into Hoover on Wednesday afternoon.

Salum is accused of offering a 13-year-old girl $20 to get into his car on Wednesday morning. The girl said a white man in his 50's driving a silver car approached her in the parking lot of the 4th Avenue Supermarket while she was waiting for the school bus.

The man asked the teen about a girl named "Tori." When she said she didn't know anyone named "Tori," police say the man offered her $20 to get in his car. The teen refused and ran away.

The 13-year-old girl told her mother what happened, and they reported it to police. Officers responded to 4th Avenue North to investigate around 7:30 a.m.

Around 12:40 p.m., police officers saw a silver Hyundai that matched the description of the suspect's vehicle. Officers tried to pull the car over in the 800 block of 24th Street North, but the driver refused to stop.

Multiple police units chased the suspect from the Bessemer Super Highway onto Highway 150 and into Hoover city limits. During the chase, police saw a white female in the suspect's passenger seat, apparently kicking the man, Lt. Darron Hunter with Bessemer PD said.

About a mile into Hoover, police pulled Salum over and took him into custody.

The 33-year-old female who was in the car with him was not injured. She told investigators that she had been walking from a friend's house when Salum pulled up, got out of his car, grabbed her and forced her into the car with him.

"Once he drove off he started asking for sexual favors," Lt. Hunter said.

Police say soon after Salum grabbed the woman, officers spotted him and the 10 to 15 minute pursuit began.

Lt. Hunter applauded both victims in the case for doing the right thing.

"First of all, praise the 13-year-old. She did exactly what she's been taught to do, apparently, by her parents. When she recognized there was danger, she went the other way. Which you can't ask a child to do much better than that," he said.

"As far as the adult female, she attempted to put up a fight and get away," Hunter added.

Salum was charged on Friday with kidnapping, enticing of a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes, attempting to elude the police, and resisting arrest. He now in custody of the Jefferson County Jail.

Salum was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in April 2012 for DUI, two counts of first degree assault, attempting to elude and reckless driving.

Police are investigating looking into whether or not he has tried to kidnap before.

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