Man arrested after tried abduction in Queens, NYPD says
The man, who was not publicly named, is charged with attempted kidnapping, reckless endangerment and harming a child under the age of 17, according to police.
The NYPD previously said it was looking for two men in connection with Thursday night’s brazen kidnapping attempt.
Surveillance material released by the police shows a man getting out of a maroon limousine and moving quickly towards a group of children and an adult walking down the street. The man grabs the smallest child while it goes a few steps ahead of the others.
The man carries the boy to the other side of the limousine, puts him in the back seat, and sits in the driver’s seat of the car.
Meanwhile, the child’s mother, identified by police as Dolores Diaz Lopez, runs to the passenger side of the car and appears to be fighting someone in the front seat. Finally she catches her son and pulls him out of the passenger window.
According to the video, the kidnapping attempt happened quickly and lasted about 15 seconds.
“Oh, I’m scared,” Diaz Lopez told CNN partner WABC about the attempted kidnapping. “I said, ‘Oh my god! My kids! Oh my god, my boy’ I scream, I scream. But thank goodness I’m taking my boy.”
The car drives off while the bystanders gather. A man hits the hood of the car with his hand as he pulls away.
The mother told WABC that she had never seen the men before. A spokesman for the NYPD said Friday the incident was not being investigated as an act of domestic violence. Diaz Lopez says the man didn’t say a word to her children: he just took the child and put it in the car.
According to the police, the boy was unharmed.