CORONA, Queens — Police are searching for the man who allegedly tried to take a woman’s baby in Queens Thursday night.
The man approached the 29-year-old woman while she was pushing her 10-month-old child in a stroller in the vicinity of 43rd Avenue and 111th Street in Corona around 8:30 p.m., police said.
He then placed his hand on the stroller and demanded the woman give him her child, according to police.
When the victim refused and resisted the efforts, the man fled, authorities said.
Police obtained surveillance footage of the sought man, described to be in his 20s and was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.
Police believe the would-be baby snatcher was intoxicated at the time of the crime, and they want to arrest him before he strikes again.
To residents in Corona, it’s a mystery why a man, seen in surveillance video.
“No, I don’t think I have seen him before,” Cynthia Achi, a passerby, told PIX11 News. “It’s weird. You’re not supposed to do that,” she added.
Police describe the man you’re looking for as in his 20s, with brown eyes, black hair, a thin build and a distinctive haircut, last seen wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and red sneakers.
To one person in the neighborhood, he looked familiar.
“I have seen this guy a few times in the neighborhood,” a man who did not want to give his name or show his face told PIX11 News.
The surveillance video was taken from a nearby bar after the failed baby snatching. But the people who work inside El Gallo Negro say he doesn’t look familiar.
“Heartless,” a man who just wanted his first name used, Marque, told PIX11 News. “I have three kids. If I had seen this I would have made a citizens arrest,” he added.
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