A New York City man who tried to grab a five-year-old boy from the road appeared earlier than a choose on Friday to face tried kidnapping costs.
James McGonagle, 24, was charged with tried kidnapping within the second diploma and endangering the welfare of a kid following the July 15 incident.
The kid, Jacob Lopez Diaz, was strolling along with his household at 8pm when he was grabbed and shoved into McGonagle’s automotive. His nine-year-old brother, Benny, pleaded with McGonagle to present him again, permitting his mom, Dolores Diaz Lopez, 45, pull him out of the automotive by means of a window.
‘In a brazen vogue, the defendant grabbed the little boy, who was just some steps from his mom, and allegedly tried to kidnap him,’ stated Melinda Katz, Queens district legal professional.
James McGonagle, 24, appeared in Queens Supreme Courtroom on Friday to face two counts associated to the July 15 tried kidnapping. He pleaded not responsible and was remanded in custody
McGonagle, handcuffed and along with his legs in shackles, had been within the psychiatric ward of jail
McGonagle was arrested within the early hours of July 16 after hospital employees acknowledged him
McGonagle’s mom Cassandra, 53, acknowledged her son from police appeals and confirmed his id – and that of her husband, his father, who was with him on the time
After the temporary listening to, McGonagle was transported to Rikers Island the place he’ll await his subsequent courtroom look on September 8
‘This can be a mother or father’s worst worry. This mom fought to avoid wasting her son. By no means underestimate the energy of a mother.
‘Fortunately he has been apprehended and can face justice.’
McGonagle pleaded not responsible, and was remanded to Rikers Island with out bail.
He’ll return to courtroom on September 8, and faces 15 years in jail if convicted.
Police are nonetheless attempting to find his father, additionally James McGonagle, 55, who was with him on the time.
James McGonagle, 24, proper, has been arrested for allegedly making an attempt to kidnap a five-year-old boy in broad daylight. His father, additionally named James McGonagle, left, was with him on the time
James McGonagle, 24, is seen within the NYPD’s needed poster. He was arrested hours after the tried kidnapping
Surveillance footage confirmed the youthful McGonagle leap from a close-by automotive and snatch Jacob off the sidewalk, throwing the little boy into his automotive.
The district legal professional stated that, in the course of the battle, a male passenger who had been seated within the automobile was heard asking McGonagle: ‘What are you doing?’
McGonagle allegedly responded: ‘We’re taking the child.’
Diaz instructed WABC that she and her youngsters had been on their method to go to their father round 8pm, on Hillside Avenue within the New York Metropolis borough of Queens.
She stated McGonagle jumped out of a parked maroon sedan and ran at them.
Diaz, together with her younger son Benny and her daughter Zuriely, eight, chased after the abductors.
‘I stated: “Oh my God, my children, oh my God, my boy,”‘ Diaz stated.
She instructed WNYW: ‘I fought.
‘They are saying you struggle tooth and nail in your youngsters and that is what I did.’
Dolores Diaz Lopez was strolling within the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens when McGonagle tried to seize her five-year-old son Jacob from the sidewalk.
Jacob Diaz, 5, is pictured secure in his residence after his horrific kidnapping try
A mom was strolling together with her youngsters on Hillside Avenue in Queens on Thursday night when her five-year-son turned the sufferer of a brazen tried kidnapping
A person in a white T-shirt emerges from a maroon sedan and runs as much as the household, who apparently didn’t know him
Surveillance video reveals the person scoop up the five-year-old boy and carry him to the automotive. The recording launched by the NYPD doesn’t have audio
The suspect stuffs the boy into the again seat of the sedan whereas being pursued by the boy’s household
The mom jumps into motion, grabs her son by means of the entrance passenger window and pulls him out of the automotive
Police say the boy was not harmed in the course of the thwarted kidnapping
Benny instructed The New York Day by day Information that McGonagle allegedly instructed his confederate: ‘We’re taking the child!’
In accordance with the boy, the older man allegedly responded: ‘No, go away him!’
Benny stated: ‘I used to be telling the person: “Give me my brother again!”
‘My brother was clever and stood up and my mom received him by his arms.’
He added: ‘In the event that they did not give my brother again I might have needed to punch them.’
Zuriely stated she heard McGonagle say: ‘Give me that silly child again.’
Jacob was not injured. His household stated he was scared however didn’t cry by means of horrific encounter.
The automotive then sped off.
Shortly after the incident, McGonagle, who’s from Pomonok in Queens, New York, went to Brookdale Hospital and punched an harmless bystander within the face.
Within the ensuing struggle, he was injured and went to hospital with facial accidents, within the early hours of July 16. Medics acknowledged him from police appeals and he was arrested.
Investigators contacted McGonagle’s mom, Cassandra, 53, who positively recognized each her husband and her son as the 2 males who had been pictured on surveillance footage in the course of the tried abduction.
They stated there is no such thing as a proof that the suspects knew the boy’s mom.
Diaz instructed the New York Daily News that she was ‘so joyful’ to listen to McGonagle had been arrested.
When interviewed by the Day by day Information on Friday, Jacob wore a shirt that learn ‘Proud to be a Mama’s Boy.’
Diaz instructed WABC that all three of her youngsters are actually ‘traumatized’ and refuse to depart the home.
‘Moms should watch out with their youngsters,’ she stated.
‘All the time maintain their hand when strolling with them, as a result of there are numerous evil individuals and also you by no means know who’s close to.
‘However now I do know the person will not be on the road and now I can relaxation and I do know my household is okay.
‘He cannot do that with one other child.’
The incident comes as crime charges in New York proceed to soar, with gun violence surging and assaults on the town’s subway methods and within the streets turning into more and more widespread.
Anybody with info on the thwarted kidnapping in Queens is requested to name the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).