COUNCIL CHRONICLE – On Saturday, California authorities arrested a 26-year-old Hispanic man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 3-year-old girl from the North Auburn’s Regional Park. The assailant’s plans were foiled by the child’s biological father, who subdued the man and held him on the ground until the authorities arrived.
California Father Called When Suspect Got Aggressive with Mother’s Boyfriend
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, the authorities were summoned around 7 p.m. to the North Auburn’s Regional Park by an individual who said that a man attempted to kidnap his 3-year-old daughter.
Allegedly, the girl was playing in the park, with her mother and the woman’s boyfriend keeping tabs from a nearby bench. At one point, a shady individual, later identified as 26-year-old Yonel Hernandez-Velasco, approached the child and asked her if she wanted to hold his hand and take a walk with him.
Seeing Hernandez-Velasco, the woman’s boyfriend went and confronted him. However, the man backed off after the suspect began talking to him in an aggressive manner.
Instead of calling the authorities, the woman called Fred Cantrell Jr., her ex-husband, and the girl’s biological father. The California father, who lives just across the park, came and confronted Hernandez-Velasco.
Realizing that the individual wasn’t so easy to intimidate as the woman’s girlfriend, the suspect pulled out a pair of handcuffs, wrapped them around his hand, and lunged at the man. The California father briefly knocked the suspect to the ground.
He got up and again lunged at Cantrell Jr., only to receive another similar blow. However, this time the suspect remained on the ground until the authorities arrived. Hernandez-Velasco was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted kidnapping.
Some of the children playing at the nearby basketball court told the officers that the suspect came to them and asked them if they wanted to sell their basketball. When they’ve refused, Hernandez-Velasco allegedly pulled out the handcuffs and threatened to retrain and toss them into a pond.
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