This is the shocking moment a homeless man allegedly tried to abduct a three-year-old girl walking with her grandmother on a New York street.
Santiago Salcedo, 27, was arrested later on Monday. He has been charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.
It is alleged the man approached the 65-year-old grandmother, who was with her granddaughter and two infant grandsons, around 1.20pm on a street in the Bronx, according to police.
He allegedly threw a blanket around the girl, picked her up and tried to flee with her down the block, a police source said.
The grandmother’s screams alerted people nearby, and they confronted the man, who put the child down, the source said.
A worker at a nearby petrol station jumped into action when the alleged abduction took place.
“I was sweeping outside, and all of a sudden this lady passed by with three kids … the guy grabbed her from there. I’m like, for me, I thought it was family joking around,” said Fermin Bracero, 63.
But the worker quickly realised what was happening.
“The grandmother was screaming loud, ‘He’s taking the little girl!’ Then I and a couple of people went to run after him,” he said.
The man then let the girl go and started walking back to his scooter by a cemetery nearby.
“Then he took off with the scooter,” he said. “Maybe a quarter of a mile [400m] or less, he left the scooter … Then just kept walking like nothing. He was homeless. That was crazy.”
In July, a similar even took place when a man tried to grab a five-year-old boy who was walking with his family in Queens, according to police.
Shocking video showed the horrifying July 15 abduction attempt near Myrtle and Hillside Avenues in Richmond Hill, in which the family pulled the boy out of his abductor’s car.
This article originally appeared on New York Post and was reproduced with permission