|Police allege that the man tried to forcibly remove an infant from a stroller while the baby’s mother shopped in a Vancouver grocery store|
CTV - A 61-year-old man is in custody and facing charges after he attempted to snatch a baby out of a stroller in a grocery store, Vancouver Police allege.
The incident occurred at Donald's Market in Vancouver shortly before noon on Saturday.
Police allege that the man tried to forcibly remove an infant from a stroller while the baby’s mother shopped.
"The mother was a customer here, she was shopping and that man randomly came in." Gary Joe, a manager at the store, told CTV Vancouver. The incident was described to Joe by one of his co-workers who was working at the time.
"The baby was in the stroller so when he was trying to take the baby, I think the baby was attached to the stroller. That's why he carried the whole thing," he added.
Joe said his co-worker told him customers stepped in to help the frantic mother free her child from the man's grip.
The baby was not injured. Video surveillance footage of the incident has been turned over to police.
Police say the man then proceeded to leave the store and approach another mother who had a baby in a stroller a short distance away. The man allegedly verbally threatened the nine-month-old infant before he was stopped by concerned citizens.
The man is facing charges of attempted kidnapping, assault and uttering threats.
Investigators believe the man's mental health may be a factor in the incident.