Suspect in custody after tried kidnapping of 5-year-old in Queens

Mother stops her son’s attempt at kidnapping in Queens Queen

A horrific kidnapping attempt was caught on camera in Queens on Friday.

Police say they arrested one of the two suspects who were arrested on Friday while trying to kidnap a child while walking down a street in Queens with his mother and other children.

The terrible incident occurred on Thursday at 8 p.m. in front of 117-02 Hillside Avenue in Richmond Hill. The video shows the driver of a vehicle parking the car, running to the sidewalk and grabbing 5-year-old Jacob Diaz when his mother Dolores and the other children tried to stop him. The suspect pushed the five-year-old into the back seat of the car.

“I was scared, got nervous, and screamed,” Dolores Diaz told FOX 5 NY. “At that moment, I wasn’t shocked or nervous, I just acted.”

Diaz and one of the children followed the victim and suspect to reach the boy. According to Diaz, the two suspects started arguing in the car when Jacob pulled himself up and went to the passenger window, which was open.

“I fought, they say you fight tooth and nail for your children and I did,” said Diaz.

Kidnapping attempt foiled

The NYPD released this shocking video of the attempted kidnapping of a child in Queens. The child’s mother and other children helped save the victim.

The shocking video shows the moment Diaz pulled her son out of the car.

When the older model, the maroon 4-door sedan, peeled off, three men approached the car on the road and tried to stop the driver. The vehicle sped south on Hillside Avenue and then west on Jamaica Avenue. One of the men appeared to have knocked off the vehicle’s wing mirror.

The NYPD has identified the arrested suspect as James McGonagle, 24, from Queens. He was charged with attempted kidnapping, reckless endangerment, and harmful to a child under the age of 17.

Authorities are still looking for the second suspect, whom they describe as a light-skinned man aged 50 to 60 with glasses; last seen in an orange shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also share their tips by logging into the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential, said the police.


A late model, a four-door sedan, was used in the attempted kidnapping of a boy in Richmond Hill, Queens. (NYPD)

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