One man is already in custody.READ MORE: NYPD: 2 Gunman Wanted After 10 Shot Outside Queens Laundromat
As CBS2’s Christina Fan reports, police say 24-year-old James McGonagle is the man seen on surveillance video snatching a 5-year-old child off the sidewalk, steps away from his mother on Hillside Avenue.
Video shows the boy’s mom, Dolores Diaz, and the two other siblings frantically follow.
“It’s quick. I said oh my God, my kids, please,” Diaz said.
The video shows the family try to open the car door, but it’s locked. Eventually, Diaz was able to pull her child through the window. Bystanders hearing the struggle ran over, but were powerless in stopping the car from leaving.
“Because I’m screaming, the people coming, and they help me,” Diaz said. “One lady come and called the police.”
Police say two men were involved in the attempted kidnapping. By Friday night, they identified and arrested the driver, James McGonagle.
McGonagle faces additional charges for allegedly punching a police officer in the face Saturday morning.READ MORE: COVID In New York: Mask Mandates Not Being Re-Imposed Just Yet As Concern Grows Over Delta Variant
The owners of a nearby store say they remember him stopping in earlier.
“He’s come in, one guy, he’s buying a beer, Budweisers,” said Kenny Patel.
“Very scary,” said Gia Patel.
People in the area can’t quite believe the bizarre incident.
“That’s terrible thing,” one person said.
“Very dangerous,” said another.
As for the Diaz family, the shock hasn’t quite worn off.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.MORE NEWS: NYPD: 3 Shot In Washington Heights, No Arrests
Christina Fan contributed to this report. Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Saturday, July 17.