SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 28, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City police have arrested a man who allegedly ran toward a 5-year-old girl in Liberty Park on Thursday night in an apparent effort to grab her.
Steven Montoya, 36, was booked into jail for attempted kidnapping, the Salt Lake City Police Department said in a news release.
The incident happened just before 10:15 p.m. in the park’s playground at 600 E. 900 South.
“A family was at the park near the playground while their 5-year-old girl was at the playground,” the news release said. “As the adults talked with each other a man approached them, began talking with them, and asked about the girl.
“The man then ran toward the girl in what appeared to be an effort to grab her. Family members were able to catch the suspect before he reached the girl and held him for police.”
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