First, a 29-year-old sex offender tried to grab a 3-year-old boy’s arm Monday at a California park, but playground equipment blocked him, police say.
Then Marcus DeWitt picked up a 4-year-old boy and ran off, chased by parents and families at the park who wrestled the child free, Lake Elsinore Police Department officials wrote in a statement.
DeWitt, a registered sex offender, tried to escape but another relative tackled him and held him for police, the statement reads. The attempted kidnapping took place at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Rosetta Canyon Sports Park in Lake Elsinore, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Neither child was hurt and both are safely back with their families, police wrote.
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DeWitt faces kidnapping charges, KTLA reported. He’s being held on $1 million bail and has an initial court date Wednesday.
Deputies asked that anyone with information contact investigator Matt Posson of the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300.