Man allegedly snatched four-year-old boy from nanny who was walking along Manchester Avenue
By Gary Walker
A taco stand worker and a group of local high school students foiled a brazen daytime kidnapping attempt in Westchester on Wednesday.
A nanny was walking along Manchester Avenue with a six- and a four-year-old boy in tow when a man punched her and ran off with the younger child at about 3:30 p.m., Los Angeles police Lt. David Crews said.
Jesus Delgado, who works at T2 Tacos on the corner of Manchester Avenue and Loyola Boulevard, heard a cry for help and chased down the fleeing kidnapping suspect, recovering the child a short distance away.
The boy was not physically injured, and the nanny was shaken but not seriously hurt.
A group of Westchester Enriched Magnet Sciences high school students managed to detain the suspect until police arrived, said Tom O’Brien, the boys’ father.
Police arrested Andron Gazarov, 33, of North Hollywood on the scene, Crews said.
Gazarov was charged Friday with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, assault and indecent exposure, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors say Gazarov removed clothing and exposed himself after the child was recovered and before police arrived.
The boys live about two blocks from where the incident occurred.
The six-year-old boy immediately ran home to find his father after seeing his brother being snatched away, said O’Brien, who manages Floyd’s 99 Barbershop in Venice.
Seeing his son racing up the sidewalk, O’Brien immediately assumed the worst.
“When I didn’t see [my younger son] or the nanny, I thought that they had been hit by a car crossing Manchester,” O’Brien told The Argonaut. “I asked Brendan what happened and he said, ‘Somebody stole Grady.’”
O’Brien said he put the boy in his car and raced up Manchester, where he found Gazarov subdued and laying on the ground.
After loading his son in his car, O’Brien, who manages Floyd’s 99 Barbershop in Venice, raced down to Manchester where the suspect appeared to be subdued and was lying on the ground.
The incident has increased neighbors concerns about safety following a spate of property crimes, said Westchester resident Jenny Hontz.
“When our children are getting snatched off the streets in broad daylight, it’s time for an increased police presence in Westchester,” Hontz said.
O’Brien was simply thankful for the outcome.
“I really want to thank the students and [especially Delgado] for what they did,” he said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call (310) 482-6313.