SAN DIEGO — Police arrested a man accused of telling a Hispanic nanny that she wasn’t supposed to be caring for the white child she brought to a La Jolla park, then trying to snatch the girl away.
It happened around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday at a small neighborhood park on La Jolla Hermosa Avenue, just east of La Jolla Boulevard.
A shirtless man on a bike who police described as a “transient” pulled up and began harassing the nanny as she cared for the 14-month child, officials said. He then grabbed the woman’s arm several times and pulled on it while telling her the baby didn’t belong to her because they were not the same race, according to an SDPD spokesperson said. The nanny suffered scrapes on her arm.
A woman who saw the incident yelled at the man, telling him she was calling the police, investigators said. The suspect then ran off, and when police found him, he swam into the water along a rocky area near La Jolla Cove.
Officers took the man into custody about three hours after he first went into the water, according to SDPD. Police said the man was believed to be living on the streets in the area.
The man was later identified as 51-year-old Michael Hudson, and jail records showed he was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of felony kidnapping, misdemeanor battery, felony vandalism and a felony hate crime charge.
The jail’s database showed Hudson was still behind bars as of Thursday afternoon.