A Baltimore man faces kidnapping and false-imprisonment charges after two city police officers prevented a 3-year-old boy from being snatched from his family in Fells Point on Friday night, police said yesterday.
Everildo Vasques, 26, of the 5500 block of Belair Road has been charged in the incident, police said.
The boy and his parents were dining with friends at an El Salvadoran restaurant in the 200 block of S. Broadway about 8 p.m. when a man took the child's hand and led him out to the street, police said.
The man hailed a cab and forced the child in it, police said. The taxi driver pulled away but suspected the child was not supposed to be with the man.
The taxi driver stopped the car and signaled to two officers - Maggie Duffy and Raymond Betag - who were in the area, police said.
"The cab driver didn't go more than a block," before it stopped, said city police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe.
The officers began talking to the man in the car, and were alarmed that the child in the car was screaming. "He was not going quietly," said Monroe.
Duffy pulled the child from the taxi, police said. The boy immediately calmed down and pointed to the restaurant saying: "Mama, Mama," police said. Duffy took the child to the restaurant and returned him to his parents.
The parents had not realized the child was missing, Monroe said, but they were "visibly shaken when they realized that, just that quickly, someone could take their baby."