A 51-year-old transient was arrested after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a baby from a stroller, assaulted the infant’s grandmother and a passerby and fought with police in Santa Monica July 11.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Lewis Moss with attempted kidnapping, resisting arrest, child cruelty and assault in connection with the incident, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said. His bail was set at $500,000.
The incident occurred at about 3:40 p.m. in the 3200 block of Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, where a 48-year-old woman was pushing her one-year-old grandson in a stroller, when Moss allegedly attempted to take the baby from the stroller, Lewis said.
After Moss was unable to take the baby, who was strapped in, the suspect allegedly began choking the baby and eventually ripped the child’s clothing off as well. The grandmother attempted to intervene but was allegedly attacked by Moss, who punched her in the face several times, while continuing to remove the baby from the stroller, Lewis said. Another man then intervened and was able to separate the suspect from the baby but was also allegedly assaulted by the suspect in the process.
The man got away from the suspect and took the grandmother and baby into a nearby store until officers arrived. When officers got to the scene, they were confronted by Moss, who allegedly failed to follow commands and physically attacked the first officer on scene.
Officers attempted to restrain the suspect using a Taser, which had little effect and took Moss into custody after a lengthy struggle, Lewis said. Three officers received minor injuries as a result of taking the suspect into custody.
The baby suffered minor injuries to his head, neck, face and torso in the attack, while the grandmother and man who intervened suffered minor head and facial injuries, Lewis said. All were treated by paramedics for their injuries.
The motive for the attack is under investigation. Toxicology tests are pending to determine if Moss was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time.