A toddler is shaken up after escaping an attempted kidnapping in California.
Twenty-four-year-old Terry Lynn Ransom was arrested after he allegedly attempted to snatch a four-year-old girl standing near the door of a Victorville cellphone store, ABC news reports.
CCTV footage shows the man grabbing her by the arm and pulling her outside the door.
The girl’s mother chased the man carrying her baby. Thanks to help of a good Samaritan, the man lost his grip.
Store owner Stella Moriel, told NBC LA she initially thought the noise was a domestic dispute.
'I heard screaming,' she said. 'I thought they were arguing with each other at first. When I came from behind the counter I asked what was going on.'
'The mum was in here she was very hysterical,' Moriel said.
'Her daughter was very traumatised, just clinging on to her, wouldn't let go. Both babies were crying.'
Moriel’s husband, who also chased after the man, said 'he was smiling like it was some kind of joke or something.'
Police said the girl didn’t appear to suffer any injuries.