Man arrested in attempted kidnapping of Queens 5-year-old: police

Queens

Photo: NYPD

RICHMOND HILLS, Queens — A 24-year-old man has been arrested in an attempted kidnapping where he is accused of snatching a 5-year-old boy off a Queens street Thursday night in an incident caught on video, officials said.

James McGonagle, 24, was arrested Friday in connection with the incident. He’s been charged with attempted kidnapping and child endangerment.

According to the NYPD, it happened around 8 p.m. in Richmond Hill, near the corner of Hillside and Myrtle avenues.

Surveillance footage shows one man hop out of a maroon car, grab the child and quickly put the boy in the back seat of the vehicle. All the while, a second man sat in the front passenger seat of the car.

When the unidentified man got back in the driver’s seat, the boy’s mother, 45, rushed to the passenger side of the car and was able to pull her son to safety through the front passenger window, authorities said.

The boy’s mother saw what was happening and immediately reached through the car’s open front window and pulled her son out of the car all the while she was screaming for her kids. Diaz was taking her three children to visit their father at work when the incident happened. 

“When my kid stood up in the window, I take him out.” the mother said.

The entire time, the mother was screaming for help but as far as the man who grabbed her son, she has little clarity.

“They said nothing, they just took my kid,” she said.

Diaz has three children. All of them are okay and just a bit shaken up, she said.

McGonagle and the other man quickly sped off, heading southbound on Hillside Avenue and then westbound on Jamaica Avenue, according to the NYPD.

At least one other man remains at large in connection with the attempted kidnapping. The second man was described as between 50 and 60 years old with eyeglasses. He was last seen wearing an orange shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Queens Videos

Mom, 10-year-old girl killed in Queens DWI crash: NYPD

Violent Queens attack draws condemnation from mayoral candidates

FAA approves controversial LaGuardia

De Blasio calls for dirt bike crackdown as boy fights for his life after Queens hit-and-run

Hero Queens mom talks about pulling her son from a car window during kidnapping attempt

More Queens

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter