Attempt to kidnap 6-year-old fails when abductor’s truck won’t start

SAN DIEGO -- A 52-year-old man was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of trying to kidnap a young boy following a Fourth of July party in the Fox Canyon neighborhood, an alleged abduction attempt that fell apart when the suspect's truck failed to start.

The 6-year-old victim was leaving a family gathering in the 3600 block of Ontario Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday and had walked out to his family's vehicle to await his parents when the man approached and allegedly grabbed the child from behind, according to San Diego police.

"The suspect placed the victim in the front seat of his truck (and) told him to (lie) down and not say anything," Officer John Buttle alleged.

When the engine of his truck wouldn't start, the man asked unsuspecting family members of the boy to help jump-start the vehicle, according to Buttle. They agreed and were preparing to assist him when the child's parents came out looking for their son a short time later.

"One of the family members came to the truck to ask the suspect to help look for the victim and saw the victim in the front seat," Buttle said.

Members of the family then called the police and held the suspect until officers arrived and arrested him.

The man was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, illegal possession of a controlled substance and driving without a valid license.

He was being held on $105,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.