A man tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl straight out of her mother’s arms in a restaurant in Vence, California – but things turned bad for the would-be kidnapper when the family jumped in and brutally went after the man and stopped the attack.
Thank God for this amazing and alert family.
Can you imagine how bad this could have turned out?
The startling surveillance footage, released by the Los Angeles Police Department, shows the would-be abductor about to grab the girl from her mother’s lap at around 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 outside a pizzeria in Venice Beach.
The girl’s uncle grabs the creep by the hair and shoulders and tackles him to the ground, as another male relative comes over to help, according to the footage, published by local outlets.
It reportedly took six police officers to subdue the man, identified by cops as 31-year-old Evan McLaurin-Nelson.
Before allegedly trying to snatch the child, the man had told the girl’s mother that he needed to “save her,” cops said in a news release Monday.
“They got him down, but the whole time he was just yelling out loud, ‘Save the girl, I need to save her,’” Riley Pegram, the girl’s father, told ABC13. [New York Post]
You can watch the video below:
The would-be kidnapper is reportedly homeless and has a rap sheet as long as s arm.
Police also say he was on some kind of drugs.
The little girl said the experience was terrifying. She said that she was crying because she was so scared that she’d be taken away from her parents.
The homeless man was charged with attempted kidnapping and resisting or obstructing police. He pleaded not guilty.
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