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Bronx kidnapping attempt: man attempts to kidnap 3-year-old girl walking with her grandmother

SCHUYLERVILLE, Bronx (WABC) – A man has been arrested and charged after attempting to kidnap a 3-year-old girl in the Bronx on Monday.

Police say Santiago Salcedo, 27, caught the little girl, who was walking with her grandmother, at the intersection of Baisley Avenue and East Tremont Avenue near a BP gas station around 1:20 p.m.

Surveillance video captured the cardiac arrest, an attempted kidnapping as eyewitnesses watched in horror.

“All of a sudden this man just took the little girl, wrapped her in a blanket and started running with her,” said Fermin Bracero, an employee at the gas station. “He didn’t get far because a lot of people tried to catch him.”

Thanks to the Good Samaritans who intervened, the suspect’s act was thwarted.

Witnesses tell Eyewitness News the man quickly let go of the girl, returned to his scooter which he left across the street, then looked at everyone as they called the police.

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Bracero was working at the BP gas station at the time – sweeping up when the crime unfolded in front of him.

“The grandmother was hysterical. Hysterical. Screaming,” he said. “People are going crazy here.”

Salcedo was arrested and charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the well-being of a child.

As he was driven out of the 45th borough of the Bronx on Monday night, he smiled.

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