A man in his 50s who took a 3-year-old girl from in front of her Boyle Heights home, was arrested after he was found nearby with the girl a few hours later, a police lieutenant said Sunday.
The 3-year-old girl was kidnapped in the 3200 block of Malabar Street at about 11 p.m. Saturday, said Lt. Carlos Solano of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.
At about 2 a.m., “we located the person who had taken the girl,” Solano said. He was still in the area of the 3200 block of Malabar. The girl was recovered and transported to a hospital for evaluation, he said.
According to broadcast reports, the man was partially clothed when police found him and the little girl on a sofa in a nearby garage.
Officers at the scene called for reinforcements for “crowd control,” Solano said. When residents found he was back there, they became a little rowdy.”
The man’s relationship with the girl, if any, was not known, according to authorities.
KTLA 5, however, reported that family members said the suspect is a local property maintenance worker. The man and a friend reportedly asked to join the party before the little girl’s disappearance, and both appeared intoxicated, according to KTLA 5.
When the girl was found to be missing, a frantic search ensued, and police were called to the scene.
Officers searched the home and the surrounding area, witnesses said, before being directed 3 hours later to a nearby garage.
Her parents told KTLA 5 their daughter was examined by a doctor and appeared to be unharmed.
The alleged kidnapper, who lives in the area, had visible injuries when he was arrested, according to neighbors. Police said the man’s injuries were incurred when he resisted arrest
Editor’s Note: The age of the suspect was updated to show he is in his 50s.