Police: Man attempts to kidnap baby in Louisville

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 10:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police say a man tried to kidnap a baby from a building in downtown Louisville.  David Mitchell, 49, was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted kidnapping of a minor.

"It's crazy. It's crazy. You're not safe anywhere," said parent, Monique Brock.

Police say he almost got away with a one-year-old child.

"It just happened that quick. It lets you know you can't let go of a child for even a second," said Brock.

"I'm scared to come up to the L&N building. I don't think I'm going to come up here no more. Yes I would be really scared. I love my baby,” said another parent.

It happened at the L&N building on West Broadway in Downtown Louisville.
Last month, a mother and her baby were at the Cabinet for Families and Children.
Mitchell allegedly snatched the child by the arm and tried to walk away.

"Quickly the mother began to scream and security personnel were able to get to the man. He let the child go out of the foyer area," said Dwight Mitchell with Louisville Metro Police.

Security told him to leave and the child was ok, but the mother filed a complaint with LMPD.
A worker at the building released information from Mitchell's food stamp paperwork and was also caught on surveillance video. Mitchell was arrested at his house on west Main Street yesterday.

"We don't know exactly what this individual's intentions were or what his situation is but it could've been a lot more tragic than it was," said Dwight Mitchell with the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Mitchell told police that, "he should not have touched the child" according to a police report.
He's being held on a $25,000 cash bond.

WHAS11 dug into Mitchell's criminal history which includes a sexual abuse charge, according to an arrest warrant.

He also has burglary, drugs and public intoxication charges dating back to the 1990's.

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