- 33-year-old Maralyn Ramos has been arrested by police in connection to the attempted kidnapping of a 4-year-old boy at a Los Angeles McDonald’s.
- In a surveillance video of the incident released by the Los Angeles Police Department, a woman can be seen walking into the restaurant, picking up the boy as he stands alone in a corner, and carrying him out of the building.
- While she attempted to enter a parked vehicle with the child, she fled on foot without the boy after being stopped by a witness.
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It’s a terrifying thought for any parent: a person trying to kidnap their child.
That scenario almost panned out earlier this week when a woman walked into a Los Angeles McDonald’s, picked up a 4-year-old boy who was standing alone in a corner of the restaurant, and carried him out of the building, as seen in a surveilance video of the incident released by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The woman attempted to enter a parked vehicle with the child, according to the Los Angeles Times. After being stopped by a witness, she fled on foot without the boy.
On Wednesday night, police arrested 33-year-old Maralyn Ramos in connection to the attempted kidnapping, the LAPD told INSIDER in a statement. She is currently being held on $US100,ooo bail.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Maralyn Ramos and arrested in the area of Agatha and San Pedro Street.
She was booked for 207(A) PC-Kidnapping and her bail is $100,000. We appreciate the community’s help in spreading the word so quickly.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 16, 2019
Officers first contacted the woman on Wednesday for an unrelated incident. They recognised her from the surveillance footage and took her into custody.
“Our biggest priority is always the safety and well-being of our customers and employees,” Veronica Sanchez, the owner-operator of the McDonald’s restaurant, said in a statement provided to KNBC. “We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement during this investigation.”
While police initially thought Ramos was involved in another child-snatching attempt that occurred in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, authorities later determined she wasn’t, according to the LAPD.
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