A man tries to snatch a 3-year-old girl from her grandmother in the Bronx – CBS New York
New York (CBS New York) – Caught in a frightening attempt to kidnap in Bronx.
A man tried to pick up a little girl who was walking with her grandmother and siblings on Monday, but then ran away. However, he was taken into police custody hours later, CBS 2’s Gina De Angelis reported.
The video is shocking. The grandmother and even the little girl’s siblings are fearful. Fortunately, the good Samaritans intervened.
While the suspect initially fled, CBS2 was told that police later found him sleeping at the entrance to a nearby store and recognized him from the video.
Surveillance footage shows the grandmother walking on the sidewalk with her three grandchildren near the intersection of East Tremont and Paisley Streets in Throgs necks A section of town at about 1:15 p.m., when the man wrapped in a blanket, grabbed the 3-year-old and took off.
When the grandmother started chasing him, the other two children seemed visibly shaken.
A man who works at a nearby gas station told DeAngelis that he was mopping the sidewalk when the accident happened. He was among the witnesses who jumped into action.
“Two people chased after him and let the girl go,” said Fermin Bracero. “If it wasn’t for us maybe who knows what happened. That’s crazy. He just came out of nowhere. I’m not sure what he was planning to do, but he’s carrying a blanket, he’s either homeless or looking for a baby. That’s what I saw. That’s what It’s my thinking.”
Police said the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Santiago Salcedo, then attempted to escape on a motorbike. The witness finally saw him put down the scooter and leave.
The witness de Angelis spoke to said the grandmother was understandably hysterical, but fortunately, the police said the little girl was unharmed.
I started screaming, Grandma, ‘My little girl! My little daughter!’ She was hysterical. It was like a movie, but it’s a fact. Brasero said.
While caring for her niece and nephew, Riomar Quinones made sure to know the rules.
“I always stay by her side, especially if we’re crossing the street,” said little Drizzle.
Many praised the good Samaritans who took care of the little girl’s safety.
“I’m really grateful that they jumped in to help because if they didn’t know what would have happened to the baby,” Quinones said.
Salcedo was charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and behaving in a manner harmful to a child.