On August 12, cameras caught Stephen O’Brien, 47, inside the South Shore India Market in Braintree, south of Boston.
He is seen shirtless in the store with a child slung over his shoulder. CBS Boston reported that the child had just started walking and this was the first time his parents had put him down and let him walk in a store.
‘This gentleman walked in, without a shirt, grabbed the kid,’ Mehtab Ahmed told CBS Boston.
The suspect walked to the store’s backdoor, followed by the one-year-old’s father.
Without incident, O’Brien is seen handing the boy back over to his father. The parents said at first they thought O’Brien was a store employee playing with their son.
The father returned inside and asked Ahmed to call the police.
O’Brien struggled with police but was eventually taken into custody and charged with kidnapping.