Police on Long Island are investigating after a 24-year-old woman walking with her son in a stroller says a stranger accosted her on the sidewalk and tried to take the boy.
The mother was walking with her son in a stroller on Fulton Avenue in West Hempstead Tuesday evening when a man suddenly jumped in front of them and grabbed the one-year-old, police said.
The woman struggled with the 30-something-year-old man, and he threw the toddler to the ground, causing scrapes and bruises to his face, police said.
The suspect, described as a thin man wearing a black Nike baseball cap with white lettering and a brown winter jacket, ran off. The mother told police she does not know the man.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 800-244-TIPS.