Terrifying video out of California has been released. An attempted kidnapping of a 4-year-old girl was caught on camera.
The girl’s mother managed to pull her daughter away from the man.
Security video shows a young mother come into a cellphone store carrying an infant while her child plays with a candy machine. The store’s owner said the woman told him she had noticed a strange man in the parking lot.
“She had said that the guy was looking at her from when she got out of her car but she didn’t think he would follow her,” store owner Miguel Macias said.
However, the man did follow her and quickly grabbed the girl by the arm. The mom ran after him with another customer and the girl managed to break free, clinging to her mother’s leg.
Craig Battles was cutting hair next door and ran out when he heard the commotion.
“He ran so when he ran, we all like me, my clients, we were cutting hair, we all ran around there to see what was going on,” Battles said.
Witnesses say the man then sat in traffic. A witness said he sat down in the middle of the street and began laughing, then took off running again. That’s when people nearby tackled him and held him until police came.
Police said the suspect, identified as Terry Ransom, was then arrested. He faces kidnapping and cruelty charges.
The 4-year-old girl was not physically hurt in the incident.