Moment mother pulls her five-year-old son from kidnapper’s car window after he tried to snatch the boy off a Queens street
- Botched kidnapping took place on Hillside Avenue in Queens on Thursday
- Surveillance video shows man run up to a family walking on the sidewalk, snatch a 5-year-old boy and place him in backseat of a car
- Boy’s mother, 45, lunges toward the car and pulls her son through the front passenger window
- Police say there is no evidence mother knew kidnapper
The NYPD has released disturbing surveillance video showing a man brazenly snatching a five-year-old boy off the street in Queens, before the child’s mother comes to the rescue and pulls him from the suspect’s car.
The incident took place at around 8pm on Thursday in front of 117-02 Hillside Avenue in the Richmond Hill neighborhood.
According to the police, a 45-year-old mother was walking with several children along the sidewalk when a maroon sedan pulled up beside them.
A mother was walking with her children on Hillside Avenue in Queens on Thursday evening when her her five-year-son became the victim of a brazen attempted kidnapping
Surveillance video from the scene shows a man in a white T-shirt and grey shorts jump out of the car, scoop up the five-year-old boy and place him in the backseat of the vehicle.
The kidnapping victim’s mother rushes toward the car and, after a brief struggle, pulls her son through the front passenger window.
The suspect in the botched child abduction and another man then fled in their vehicle southbound on Hillside Avenue, before turning west onto Jamaica Avenue.
According to the police, the boy was not injured during the thwarted kidnapping.
Investigators said there is no evidence to suggest that the boy’s mother knew the suspects.
Police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects and the getaway vehicle.
The man who was caught on video grabbing the boy is described as a male in his 30s with a goatee and tattoos on his arm, who was last seen wearing the white T-shirt and gray shorts, and dark-colored sneakers.
The second suspect is described as a man between 50 and 60 years of age, with eyeglasses, who was last seen an orange T-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.
The car they were seen traveling in is an older model maroon four-door sedan.
The chilling incident comes as crime rates in New York continue to soar, with gun violence surging and attacks on the city’s subway systems and in the streets becoming increasingly common.
Anyone with information on the thwarted kidnapping in Queens is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).