A mother looked around frantically looking for her five year old daughter. A 53 year old man was seen walking the girl away. The mother and the man began a tug of war for the little girl when three people tackled the man, holding him down until the police arrived. He has been charged with attempted kidnapping.
Shoppers have told of the horrifying moment a ‘stranger’ snatched a five-year-old girl from her screaming mother outside a city centre Primark.
Shocked witnesses described a ‘tug of war’ between the mother and the man, with her shouting ‘my child has gone missing’ as the girl was ripped from her grasp.
But before the alleged abductor could flee, three or four passers-by tackled him to the ground and held him down until police arrived.
Officers got to the store on Market Street, Manchester, just after 6.50pm last night and arrested the man on suspicion of attempted child abduction.
Witnesses described hearing the mother screaming her child was missing outside the popular shop while a man walked away with her.
Kayley Wright, 23, told the Manchester Evening News: ‘He grabbed the child from behind in a bear grip. He had her in the air, she was kicking and screaming.
‘At that point the mother was just screaming but because it was so busy he didn’t get anywhere. It was a bit of a tug of war between the mother and the man.
‘Three or four people helped to hold the man down.’
Passers-by tackled the man onto the floor and returning the child to her mother.
Police arrived and could be seen talking to the girl on the pavement.