A 29-year-old stranger allegedly tried to snatch a toddler as she rode a scooter on a Queens street Monday, then busted into a neighboring home and held a teacher at knifepoint, authorities say.
The 3-year-old girl was riding a scooter along 104th Avenue in Jamaica around 5:45 p.m. Monday when cops allege Lester Augusto tried to grab her right in front of her mother. The girl was strapped into the scooter, the Daily News reported, and he couldn’t immediately pull her out. Then he allegedly grabbed the entire seat off the scooter and tried to run off with the girl; her mother wrestled the child away.
A witness told the News that Augusto, a native of Guatemala whose current address wasn’t immediately clear, was acting “crazy” and started trying to get into random houses on the block. One door was unlocked, the News reported, and Augusto allegedly busted in, holding a third-grade teacher in terror with a knife to her throat.
He allegedly dragged her around the apartment and acted as if he were trying to barricade them inside with furniture. The teacher opened the door, the News said — and cops pushed their way in.
Police say Augusto didn’t know either of the victims and they don’t have a motive at this time for the alleged kidnapping attempt.
Augusto was charged with a felony count of attempted kidnapping and burglary. He was arraigned Tuesday, wearing a glittery t-shirt, the News reported. The man’s lawyer asked for medical treatment; Augusto was ordered held on $100,000 bail.