Police: Mom wrestles son away from kidnapper - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Police: Mom wrestles son away from kidnapper

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police say a mother was able to wrestle her son away from a man who attempted to kidnap the boy at a park in uptown Charlotte Sunday evening and police have now released images of the man thanks to a fast food meal that was found at the scene.

The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. at Frazier Park which is located on W. Fourth Street.

Camilla McCall says she is still traumatized over what happened to her 3-year-old son.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, McCall was at the park with her little boy. He was riding his bicycle and his mother was by his side. 

McCall told police a man walked past them, turned around, and grabbed her son around the waist.

"He just snatched him around the waist off the bike and that's when I jumped on, and grabbed Liam and that's when we were fighting about him," McCall said on Monday.

Police said she grabbed the man, and wrestled him to the ground.

McCall told WBTV that when the man ran, he dropped a meal from a nearby Bojangles, including the receipt. She said that CMPD's crime lab took the meal and is hoping to be able to get the suspect's fingerprint from the box.

"The only thing I could think of is--I've got to hold on to him as tight as I can," McCall said.

McCall was able to get her son away from the man. She says the man then got up and started walking down the sidewalk and into the park.

The receipt contained the address where the food was purchased.

On Tuesday, police released images that were taken inside the Bojangles store at 1402 West Trade Street where the suspect ordered his meal before the alleged attack. 

Police said the subject was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean jacket, khaki pants, white tennis shoes or boots, and had a baseball style hat on with the number 83 (possibly a Nascar themed hat).

McCall told police the man smelled of alcohol.

Officers circulated the area and spoke with multiple people inside the park regarding the suspect, but they were unable to find him.

CMPD Sergeant Nick Pellicone is promising that police will raise their profile in the park.

"We'll have more of a presence in that area to alleviate some of the concerns of the residents down in that area," he said. "We'll also try to do some prevention measures."

The boy was not injured, the police report said.

Copyright 2011 WBTV. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • DeQuincy house fire contained Saturday afternoon

    DeQuincy house fire contained Saturday afternoon

    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:55 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:55:49 GMT
    1237 Dougharty Road (Source: KPLC)1237 Dougharty Road (Source: KPLC)

    Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in DeQuincy early Saturday afternoon.

    DeQuincy Fire Chief Johnny Copeland said the fire department received a call about smoke coming from the house on 1237 Dougharty Road sometime around noon.

    More >>

    Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in DeQuincy early Saturday afternoon.

    DeQuincy Fire Chief Johnny Copeland said the fire department received a call about smoke coming from the house on 1237 Dougharty Road sometime around noon.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More showers and thunderstorms Sunday before the heat returns this week.

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More showers and thunderstorms Sunday before the heat returns this week.

    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:03 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:03:51 GMT
    Mostly cloudy with scattered storms SundayMostly cloudy with scattered storms Sunday

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down and rain will come to an end. The showers always lose their energy around sunset and weaken. Overnight we will be left with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to 20% overnight. Sunday will be another day with more showers and thunderstorms. We will also have mostly cloudy skies. This will result in lower temperatures compared to the previous few days. 

    More >>

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down and rain will come to an end. The showers always lose their energy around sunset and weaken. Overnight we will be left with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to 20% overnight. Sunday will be another day with more showers and thunderstorms. We will also have mostly cloudy skies. This will result in lower temperatures compared to the previous few days. 

    More >>
  • Cargo trailer fire on I-10 WB at Westlake exit; exit blocked

    Cargo trailer fire on I-10 WB at Westlake exit; exit blocked

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:23 PM EDT2017-07-22 19:23:19 GMT
    Fire at Westlake exit (Source: Ashton Richard Sr.)Fire at Westlake exit (Source: Ashton Richard Sr.)

    A cargo trailer caught fire late Saturday morning on I-10 westbound near the Westlake exit. 

    Westlake Police got a call at 10:22 a.m. of the cargo trailer smoking on the interstate, said Westlake Police Chief Chris Wilrye.

    More >>

    A cargo trailer caught fire late Saturday morning on I-10 westbound near the Westlake exit. 

    Westlake Police got a call at 10:22 a.m. of the cargo trailer smoking on the interstate, said Westlake Police Chief Chris Wilrye.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly