Surveillance Video Captures Alleged Attempted Abduction of 4-Year-Old From Store

Terry Ransom is being held on charges of kidnapping and child cruelty


A Southern California man faces kidnapping charges after being seen on surveillance video allegedly attempting to kidnap a 4-year-old girl from a cellphone store, PEOPLE confirms.

In the footage, from July 1, the girl plays with the candy machines near the entrance of Macias Cellular & Computers while her mother, holding a baby, stands a few feet away. Suddenly, a man outside the store appears to grab the girl’s arm and pull her through the door. The mother, who is not being identified by police, and another customer quickly chase after him.

According to police, the girl was able to break free from the alleged suspect before he could flee with her.

The girl was upset but unharmed by the incident, police say.

Miguel Macias, the owner of the store, said the mother had noticed the man in the parking lot.

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“She had said that the guy was looking at her from when she got out of her car, but she didn’t think he would follow her,” he told CBS Los Angeles.

Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Terry Ransom of Hesperia. He was located near the scene and detained without incident, police say. Ransom was booked and is being held at the High Desert Detention Center on charges of kidnapping and child cruelty, police say.

Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations Officer of the Victorville Police Department, tells PEOPLE Ransom appeared in court Wednesday and the judge entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

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