Police arrested a local teenager in the brazen abduction of a 22-month-old boy near Spokane, Washington on Sunday, CBS News reports.
The near-abduction took place in Sprague, a farming community about 40 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.
The boy’s father, Michael Wright, left the boy and his 2 siblings with a babysitter. The children — Brenden, 10, Delicia, 8, and the boy — were playing unsupervised in a park near the babysitter’s home, Wright said.
The suspect approached the 3 children and spoke with them for a few minutes before grabbing the boy from his stroller and fleeing down the street with Delicia and Brenden in close pursuit.
Delicia’s screams caught the attention of shop owner Dorothy Giddings who told her grandson Andrew Crane, 15, and his friend Isaac Yow, 16, to go after the man. As the teenagers caught up to him, the suspect put the boy down and fled on foot. The boy was unhurt.
“I can’t explain the feeling, the anxiety and everything,” the boy’s father said to KXLY-TV about getting a phone call that someone had tried to kidnap his son.
The juvenile suspect, who is a resident of Sprague, was identified when police received tips from the public after viewing a surveillance video of a man sprinting down the street with the child in his arms.
CBS News reports that the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office will determine whether the teenager will be charged.
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