Long Beach, Calif. – On Saturday, two people were taken into custody after an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap a baby in Long Beach, the local authorities confirmed.
According to the incident report, the kidnapping attempt took place near Pine Avenue and 10th Street just after noon on Saturday.
The incident occurred while two women were walking down the street pushing a baby girl in a stroller. Out of nowhere, a female suspect approached and tried to take the stroller with the baby inside from one of the women.
When her first attempt was unsuccessful, she then pulled out a fake gun and threatened the women while holding the fake gun pointed at their heads, demanding they hand over the baby. The victims, however, didn’t surrender.
The female suspect was later identified by the local authorities as Stacie Earnestine Wilson, 55, of Los Angeles.
A few moments later, a male suspect stopped his vehicle next to the women and pulled up a fake gun. The police believe the male suspect, later identified as 45-year-old Walter Keshone Sullivan of Los Angeles, was in the getaway car.
The suspects fled the scene after the unsuccessful kidnapping attempt, but were later located and arrested in the 400 block of South Occidental Avenue in L.A.
They were later booked in jail and are both facing felony kidnapping and assault charges. Each of their bails are set at $100,000.
Fortunately, none of the victims, including the baby, were injured in the incident.
The incident is under investigation. It remains unknown if there was a motive behind the kidnapping attempt or the women were random victims.
No additional information is currently available, but more details are expected in the upcoming days.
Once updates are provided, we will update the story.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at 562-570-7370 or submit an anonymous tip at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or the L.A. Crime Stoppers website.