What to Know
- Police want to find a man they say ordered a mother in Queens to hand over her child
- The mom was able to fight the man off, according to police, and the man eventually ran off
- Police say the man could be in his 20s, wore a green hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants
Police want to find a man they say ordered a mother in Queens to hand over her child.
Blanca Aucanshala, 28, told the Daily News the stranger was urinating on a nearby car when she left her babysitter’s home in Queens Thursday evening with Kayla in a stroller. The man grabbed her from behind and tried to pull the stroller away.
“He asked me three times” for the baby, Aucanshala said, “and I told him to back away because I would not give him my daughter.”
A bystander stepped in and scared off the man. But he soon came back and followed the mother into a dollar store where she escaped to the back and called 911, according to police. He ran off in an unknown directions as sirens approached.
“Why the baby?” said Aucanshala, a single mother from Ecuador. “Just take my phone or purse. Those are things that I can earn back.”
Police released surveillance photos of the man Saturday night and asked the public for help finding him. He’s described as 5-foot-5 with brown eyes, black hair and a thin build, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and red sneakers.
Anyone with information about the attempted kidnapper is encouraged to contact police.