Officials say 24-year-old James McGonagle punched an NYPD officer in the face when the officer tried to fingerprint him. The officer was bleeding from the face.
They said the incident happened while he was being held in a local hospital.
McGonagle is arrested on friday in connection with the abduction of a 5-year-old boy in Queens on Thursday.
Initially, the police charged him with kidnapping, reckless endangerment, and act of causing injury to a child.
UPDATE: A 24-year-old male was arrested and charged with:
– Tried to kidnap
– Unfathomable danger
– Act in a man causing injury to a child under the age of 17 https://t.co/WXxXyk5JEq
– NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 17, 2021
The video, released Friday, shows a 5-year-old child walking with his mother when McGonagle gets out of a red car, picks the boy up, and carries him into the car while the other suspect sits in the passenger seat. front.
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The boy’s mother, Dolores Diaz Lopez, saw it happen, reached through the open front window of the car, pulled her son away from the man and out of the car.
According to sources, officers were at the hospital where McGonagle was being treated for an unrelated matter when they recognized him from the video.
They said that McGonagle was at the hospital seeking treatment and was arrested.
Police are still looking for a second suspect.
Police sources told our sister station đài WABC that the elderly man seen walking next to McGonagle was his father.
The 5-year-old boy’s mother spoke out on Friday.
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Diaz Lopez said she was walking with her children when she was on her way to visit her husband at work when a man grabbed her son, Jacob.
Diaz Lopez said: “I said ‘oh my God, my children, my God, my son.
She said her son initially sat in the back seat, but after she and her children begged them to return him, he got up and she was able to grab him.
The suspects drove south on Hillside Avenue and then west on Jamaica Avenue.
“I don’t know why that happened. I never met those people,” Diaz Lopez said.
She explains in Spanish that a mother’s instinct is what makes her fight and act in a different way.
“You have to do what’s necessary, no matter what,” says. “The car was just parked there. I never imagined that a man would get out of the car and grab my son. You always have to be aware of your surroundings and not answer the phone.”
Jacob was playing video games on his phone Friday afternoon, but Lopez said all three of her children were traumatized and refused to leave the house.
“Mothers have to be careful with their children,” she said. “Always hold their hand when you’re with them, because there are so many evil people out there and you never know who’s near.”
Police have released photos of the two suspects.
The child was not injured and the motive remains a mystery.
This vehicle is described as an older maroon four-door sedan.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
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