By Mary O’KEEFE
The 52-year-old woman who was charged with attempted kidnapping pled not guilty in court on Tuesday.
Glendale police took the woman, Lisa Arnold of Glendale, into custody in the early morning hours on Friday after receiving two reports concerning separate incidents of child abduction.
The first incident occurred at the intersection of Chevy Chase Drive and Adams Street in Glendale on Aug. 10 at about 5:11 p.m. Arnold allegedly attempted to grab a infant from a stroller. The child’s mother struggled over the baby and was able to get her child back and flee the scene. She contacted the Glendale Police Dept..
The second incident happened less than a mile away at the intersection of Chevy Chase Drive and Broadway at about 5:35 p.m. In this incident the mother of the child interrupted the attempted kidnapping. The toddler’s 8-year-old brother reported the incident.
Glendale police have released the 911 call, which began with a very frightened mother telling the dispatcher that someone had attempted to take her baby. The mother was very distraught and the dispatcher asked to speak to her son.
“It didn’t happen to me, it happened to my little brother,” explained the boy.
He told the dispatcher that the person, who he described as sounding like a woman but thought was a man, said, “‘You have a beautiful kid’ and he tried to walk around us.”
The boy then continued, “And then he hit my mom, and I said, ‘Let my brother go’ very strongly. Then I pushed my little brother so strongly and then hit her on her finger and [she] let go and then she ran and she put her speed at 100 percent.”
The suspect let go of the child and left the scene. The dispatcher told the young boy he did a good job rescuing his little brother.
“How old are you?” asked the dispatcher.
“Eight and a half,” the boy replied.
“You are 8 years old?” The dispatcher asked again.
“Eight-and-a-half,” the boy clarified.
Through the 911 call the boy remained calm and very polite. He described the vehicle that the suspect got into and from where he was calling. The dispatcher kept him talking until a Glendale police officer arrived.