NEW YORK (PIX11) — The NYPD confirms to PIX11 News that a person that resembles the suspect in Thursday’s attempted kidnapping in Chelsea is being questioned.
The area of 18th Street and 8th Avenue is routinely a safe and quaint area, but on Friday the neighborhood was plastered with signs featuring Tara Ann McDonald. According to the NYPD, the 46-year-old has had prior incidents of kidnappings.
The NYPD says McDonald’s latest attempt occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, as she allegedly tried to kidnap an eight-month-old from right in front of a retail store.
However, a nanny along with a UPS delivery driver, who just happened to be enjoying lunch nearby, protected the child and discouraged McDonald from what the NYPD says was another kidnapping incident involving the 46-year-old.
“I was just surprised that this would happen in this area and the time of day,” said UPS driver Eric Rivera who works the neighborhood for the shipping giant. Rivera was not only alarmed at the alleged attempted kidnapping, but he was also glad to find out that his friend William Marte was the quick thinking UPS driver who jumped to protect the child, “It was great to find out that it was my friend William.”
As the NYPD peppered the neighborhood with an updated mug shot of McDonald the neighborhood reacted to the the news of the attempted kidnapping.
PIX11 News even spoke with eight-year-old Hunter who had a talk with his mother about what to do in an emergency as a result of the incident.
As for Marte, he issued the following statement to PIX11 News through UPS, “I got out and told the angry woman to leave the nanny alone. Then the angry woman walked away. I am proud to be a New Yorker and a UPS Driver. I just did what anyone else would do. I am a father of two kids and I would want someone to do the same for me.”
UPS told PIX11 that they plan to honor Marte in the near future.