Man tries to kidnap child at Richmond donut store before mom intervenes

Richmond police activity report from May 20-26
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UPDATE 7/24: The man accused of kidnapping a child from a Richmond donut store will not be charged after a police investigation revealed the child’s mother lied about the incident, police said. Read the full update here.

A mom rescued her 10-year-old daughter from a kidnapper who attempted to grab the child inside a Richmond donut store Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Richmond police responded to the 900 block of 23rd Street on a report of a kidnapping just before 2 p.m., Capt. Al Walle said.

A man grabbed the child inside the donut shop and pulled her out of the store, but her mother was able to rescue her daughter after a brief struggle, Walle said.

The suspect fled north on 23rd Street, but officers quickly identified him as a local transient. He was arrested without incident in the 2200 block of Alfreda Boulevard, Walle said.