Man arrested after attempted kidnap of 12-year old and 2-year old baby in Stamford Hill

The incident was captured on CCTV outside Lubavitch House Synagogue


Security footage released by Shomrim of the incident (Twitter)

A Jewish child and baby were victims of an alleged attempted kidnapping in Stamford Hill on Thursday, according to Shomrim.

The incident occurred during the second day of Shavuot outside Lubavitch House Synagogue in Stamford Hill where a 12-year-old boy was walking past the synagogue while pushing a buggy with his 2-year-old sibling.

The Shomrim said: “Clear CCTV footage shows the terrifying moments of the attempted kidnap of a Jewish baby.

“He was approached by a white male suspect, approximately in his 40s, who attempted to forcefully take the buggy.

“The very brave boy resisted and did not let go of the buggy. When the boy resisted, the suspect assaulted him by pulling his payos and throwing off his kippah.

“The boy’s cries for help alerted nearby individuals, causing the suspect to release him. The boy then ran away in shock immediately after the incident.”

The suspect was approached by witnesses and detained until the police arrived and arrested him.

There has been a massive increase in hate crimes since 7 October, with over 238 hate crimes reported to Shomrim’s third-party reporting service in the last eight months alone.

This marks a significant rise compared to the past five-year average of 150 hate crimes per year.

These 238 incidents have been reported within the Charedi Orthodox footprint in Stamford Hill, which encompasses about seven council ward areas.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident and anyone with further information is encouraged to contact police or Shomrim quoting reference 01/446194/24.

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