Safety video captured the moment A homeless man tried to steal a baby from a woman’s arms after allegedly committing several other violent crimes in St. Louis, Missouri.
Video from 9 a.m. Sunday morning shows a couple walking down the street when a man attacks the woman and tries to take her 11-month-old child from her arms. The husband attacked the man and drove him away while passers-by called 911.
Police later identified the man as 19-year-old Anthony McGee and said he had been involved in other violent crimes the same day.
Investigators said McGee allegedly attacked a woman with a glass bottle before the kidnapping attempt.
After escaping the kidnapping attempt, he attacked another woman and broke the 82-year-old’s arms. police said These videos showed that he had choked her for more than a minute.
A woman who heard the attack from her unit at the Hawthorne Apartments spoke to KMOV-TV about what she saw.
“I heard someone screaming, a woman screaming,” she said. “When I looked out the window I saw the woman and she was being grabbed and held by a man.”
She said police arrived and arrested him as he tried to flee the scene.
Jim Whyte, who runs the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, says footage from the group’s cameras in the area has been turned over to police to assist in their investigation.
“We had some brief conversations with him in a previous incident. Our homeless outreach team has engaged this young man on multiple occasions and attempted to reach out to him for help because he appears to be homeless,” Whyte said.
McGee was charged with a variety of crimes, including first-degree assault, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree assault and armed criminal action, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest.
The man had also been arrested by Clayton police for allegedly punching a Washington University student two weeks before the most recent incident. In that case, he was charged with a misdemeanor and released.
Here is the video of the shocking incident:
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