Man snatches baby, is foiled
September 7, 2011
A man grabbed a year-old baby at a San Luis Obispo bus stop Tuesday but was stopped by the child’s mother and others witnessing the incident, according to police.
Langdon James, 19, a San Luis Obispo resident, allegedly walked up to the mother, who sat on a bench with her baby in a portable car seat. Investigators said James grabbed the car seat and baby and started to walk away.
The mother, who was not identified and said she did not know James, struggled with James and recovered the baby. James fell to the ground and was taken into custody by arriving officers, said Sgt. Jeff Booth.
The baby was not injured, said Booth, and the mother escaped with only minor injuries.
James was treated at a local hospital and released into the custody of officers, and was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on $500,000 bail. He’s charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, and battery.
Booth said the incident remains under investigation.