A Northern California grandfather is being called a hero after a horrifying incident in the the small town of Auburn on Saturday.
The grandfather, whose identity has not been released, decided to take his two grandchildren to the park to enjoy the weather over the weekend.
But the family outing didn’t go as planned, according to The Washington Post.
The grandfather and his two young grandchildren were at Ashbury Park’s duck pond when a strange woman approached them.
It was 28-year-old Lindsay Frasher, and she had a devious plan. Sergeant Gary Hopping with the Auburn Police Department told Fox 40:
“Ms. Frasher approached one of the children, called her by a different name and tried to take her.”
Frasher had the man’s 3-year-old grandchild in her grasps.
But the horrified grandpa wasn’t about to let anything happen to the little girl — he fought back.
The elderly man grabbed ahold of his granddaughter the best he could. Auburn Police Department, Sergeant Gary Hopping, tells Fox 40:
“It was a tug of war over the little girl.”
A number of bystanders in the parked saw the terrifying incident unfolding, and “jumped in” to help the grandpa, according to The Washington Post.
They collectively managed to free the child from the kidnapper’s grips and subdue her until local police could arrive. Hopper told the Post:
“What’s important is that citizens got involved and helped the grandfather. To me, that’s just invaluable.”
According to a statement, Frasher was arrested at the scene and charged with kidnapping.
Police don’t think Frasher was “under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” and cannot confirm if she is mentally ill.
Frasher is being held at the Placer County Jail on $420,000 bond, according to Fox 40.
Meanwhile, the residents of the small town are just happy to have such a dangerous woman off the streets.