The NYPD has released disturbing video showing a man brazenly snatching a five-year-old boy off the street in Queens, before the child’s mother comes to the rescue and pulls him from the suspect’s car.
According to the police, around 8pm on Thursday, 45-year-old Dolores Diaz Lopez was near 117-02 Hillside Avenue in the Richmond Hill neighborhood with her children. They were on the sidewalk, when the occupant of a parked maroon sedan got out and ran at them.
Surveillance video from the scene shows a man in a white T-shirt and gray shorts scoop up the five-year-old boy and place him in the backseat.
A mother was walking with her children on Hillside Avenue in Queens on Thursday evening when her five-year-son became the victim of a brazen attempted kidnapping
A man in a white T-shirt emerges from a maroon sedan and runs up to the family, who apparently did not know him
Surveillance video shows the man scoop up the five-year-old boy and carry him to the car. The recording released by the NYPD does not have audio
The victim’s mother rushes toward the car and, after a brief struggle, pulls her son, Jacob, through the front passenger window.
The suspect in the botched child abduction and another man then flee south in their vehicle on Hillside Avenue, before turning west onto Jamaica Avenue.
Dolores Diaz Lopez was walking in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens when someone tried to grab her five-year-old son Jacob from the sidewalk.
According to the police, the boy was not injured during the thwarted kidnapping.
Investigators said there is no evidence to suggest that the boy’s mother knew the suspects.
In an interview with ABC7NY, Diaz Lopez said she and her children were on their way to visit their father when the incident took place.
The suspect stuffs the boy into the back seat of the sedan while being pursued by the boy’s family
The mother jumps into action, grabs her son through the front passenger window and pulls him out of the car
Police say the boy was not harmed during the thwarted kidnapping
Police are looking for these two man in connection with the botched abduction in Queens
‘I said “oh my God my kids, oh my God my boy,”‘ Diaz Lopez said.
The woman noted that the stranger who grabbed her son did not say anything as he put him in the car.
Jacob initially sat down, but when his older brother approached the vehicle, pleading with the suspect to release the boy, the five-year-old stood up, and Diaz Lopez was able to grab him and pull him out.
Police are now asking for the public’s help identifying the suspects and the getaway vehicle.
The man caught on video grabbing the boy is described as a man in his 30s with a goatee and arm tattoos. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray shorts and dark-colored sneakers.
The man who was caught on video grabbing the boy is described as a male in his 30s with a goatee and tattoos on his arm
The second suspect is described as a man between 50 and 60, with eyeglasses. He was last seen an orange T-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.
The car they were in is an older, maroon sedan.
The chilling incident comes as crime rates in New York continue to soar, with gun violence surging and attacks on the city’s subway systems and in the streets becoming increasingly common.
Anyone with information on the thwarted kidnapping in Queens is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).