New York Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect that reportedly attempted to take a 10 month old girl from her mother around 8:30 pm on Thursday, November 21st.
Blanca Aucanshala, 28, reported that she noticed what she thought was a drunk vagrant urinating on a car as she left the residence of her babysitter in Queens after picking up her daughter.
As she walked down the street, she reported to police that she got into a tug of war with the man over her daughter, and reported that he attacked “with a force and an anger that I can’t even describe.”
"He asked me three times (for my baby) and I told him to back away because I would not give him my daughter,” Aucanshala told the Daily News.
During the scuffle, she spotted a bystander and shouted for help. The individual is reported to have run to her assistance, momentarily causing the attacker to retreat behind a nearby car, only to return a short time later.
Aucanshala reported that the man followed her into a nearby 99 Cent store where she states that she dashed to the back of the store and called police. The man is said to have departed at the sound of approaching sirens.
“'Why the baby?' I said. "Just take my phone or purse. Those are things that I can earn back. But not my daughter. That is something sacred that I can’t get back, and it’s my first child.”
On Saturday, NYPD police released surveillance footage of the suspect said to have been captured from a near by eatery after the kidnapping attempt. The suspect is described as 5-foot-5 with brown eyes, black hair and a thin build, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and red sneakers.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.