Vancouver Police Sgt. Randy Fincham said a man tried to pull an infant from its stroller in Donald's Market at 2279 Commercial Drive around 11:45 a.m. PT. Saturday. A woman, who was struggling with the man to prevent it, was helped out by a customer, Fincham said.
The child wasn't injured and the man left the store.
Moments later and further north on Commercial Drive, the man approached the mother of a second infant in its stroller and began to verbally threaten the child.
Police arrived and the man was arrested without incident, Fincham said.
A 61-year-old man is facing charges of attempted kidnapping, assault and uttering threats. Investigators are trying to establish a motive, but Fincham said detectives believe the suspect's mental health may be an issue.
Police were appealing for the woman in the attempted abduction to come forward because she left the store before officers were able to speak to her, but Fincham said police have since been able to contact her.
The VPD is still trying to piece together events leading up to the attempted abduction and is asking anyone who witnessed the incident to give its major crime section a call at 604-717-2541.
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