San Francisco shoppers who witnessed an alleged kidnapping attempt were able to stop the suspect of the way with the child.
Good Samaritans in the Ferry Building Marketplace along the waterfront, and watched as a woman tried to grab a young boy from his mother Monday morning, researchers said.
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The boy’s mother struggled with the woman until she was approached by witnesses as they try to perform the area, the San Francisco police Captain Jack Hart told Fox 2.
Witnesses said two employees of a nearby shop jumped to help, and fastened it to the defendant, a well-known homeless woman, on the floor until the police arrived on the scene.
“The person who is the defendant down and said,” You are under citizens arrest,” witness Tonya Davis said. “The defendant kept saying that was his or her son, and said, it is my child and they don’t want to.”
The police arrested the suspect, whose identity is pending verification. It was not immediately known what charges will be filed against her.
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The incident draws attention to the city and the mental health and homeless issues, something Mayor Ed Lee said that he plans to focus on as part of his upcoming budget.
“You don’t want to think the worst of someone you know, but if someone has psychological problems and that can happen,” said Davis. “That is the potency… that is something we do not want a child to be hurt.”
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