McDonald's abduction: Woman tries to snatch boy, 4, from LA restaurant

18 May, 2019, 03:54 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Police said they arrested 33-year-old Maralyn Ramos on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping a 4-year-old boy from a Los Angeles McDonald’s

A woman has been caught on camera taking a child from a McDonald's restaurant, moments before witnesses stopped her from driving away with the little boy.

A woman was arrested for allegedly trying to run off with a 4-year-old child in California.

Detectives are looking at possible links to another attempted kidnapping - also of a 4-year-old boy - that occured in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.

Security video shows a young woman walk up to a 4-year-old boy inside a Los Angeles McDonald's on Tuesday, then pick him up and hurriedly walk out, KNBC reports.

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Maralyn Ramos, 33, has been charged with kidnapping and is in custody on a US$100,000 bond. The suspected female kidnapper approached the boy from the right before quickly and calmly picking him up and walking out of the restaurant. The suspect fled on foot from the area, ' LAPD said in an emailed statement. She's about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds, authorities said.

The incident, which occurred around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday near the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and San Pedro Street, is the second case this week in which L.A. police have sought the public's help identifying the suspect.

They said the boy was walking alongside a family member when the woman tried to take him, but was stopped by a witness, and ran off.

The Los Angeles Police Department, who were called shortly after, are now appealing for anyone with information about the attempted abduction.

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