LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A man is facing an attempted kidnapping charge after allegedly trying to take a 6-year-old girl from her blind father outside their Huntington Park home, L.A. County officials announced last week.
“His overbearingness while walking to the bus line was so obvious and disturbing to additional Angelenos, that they in turn stepped forward and told Lopez to leave the family alone,” KSWB reports an LAPD spokesman said.
The father held onto the girl and struggled with the suspect. A woman and a homeless man intervened and helped the father and daughter, KSWB reports.
Lopez fled the scene and was arrested later in San Diego when a San Diego County sheriff's deputy spotted him in Escondido, KTLA reports.
“When he tried to grab her, that's when I turned around and started yelling at him, stay the 'bad-word' away from us, that's when the neighbors stepped in and he started walking away,” the father, Cesar Palma, said at an LAPD news conference. “In my mind, I wanted to turn around and fight with him, but I thought, if I let my daughter go and he snatches her and he can run with her, how am I going to run after them? It's unsafe out there -- there's a lot of crazy people. Just hold on to your kids, don't let them wander off, because anything could happen.”