Long Beach, Calif. – Two suspects, a man and a woman, both from Los Angeles, were taken into custody after an unsuccessful attempt to abduct a toddler on Saturday in Long Beach. On Tuesday, the local authorities confirmed that the suspects now face several charges each.
According to the initial report, the 55-year-old Stacie Earnestine Wilson tried to push the stroller with the 1-year-old inside while two women were walking down Pine Avenue. When one of the women kept the stroller in her possession, Wilson pulled out a fake gun and threatened the women.
Moments later, the 45-year-old Walter Keshone Sullivan arrived on the scene and attempted, but failed, to assist Wilson in kidnapping the baby. Then they entered what appeared to be a getaway vehicle and fled the scene.
Fortunately, none of the victims, including the baby, were injured in the incident. The victims called 911, and officers arrived at the scene in a matter of minutes, but the suspect had already fled the scene.
They were later located and arrested in the 400 block of South Occidental Avenue in L.A.
On Tuesday, the local health authorities confirmed that both of them are facing several charges each. According to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s press release, Wilson and Sullivan are each charged with one count each of attempted kidnapping of a victim under the age of 14 and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Wilson was also charged with two counts of criminal threats. Both suspects are expected to be arraigned in court Tuesday.
“Having your child abducted is every parent’s nightmare,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a press release.
So far, no additional details have been provided and the incident remains under investigation. Once more information is released, we will once again update the story.
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