Authorities have arrested a suspect they say tried to kidnap a 3-year-old boy, snatching his stroller right from under the nose of the child's grandmother outside a Brooklyn supermarket Monday.
The boy and his grandma, 63, were in front of Thanksgiving Supermarket on 86th Street shortly before 4 p.m. that day when the man started to push the stroller away from the grandmother as she looked away.
She noticed him shortly thereafter, but he was already walking down the sidewalk with the stroller, according to surveillance video. She chased him down.
The man left the stroller, along with the toddler, on the street and ran off west down 86th Street. The boy wasn't hurt.
The NYPD said the suspect was arrested without incident just before 10 p.m. Wednesday and was being held at the 62nd Precinct as of early Thursday morning. Further information on the man was not immediately available.
Law enforcement sources also said the two police officers who initially responded to the scene have been placed on desk duty for failing to investigate the case properly. The officers did not get a statement from the grandmother, according to the sources, and as a result, they've been put on modified assignment.