Police say a man attempted to abduct a 6-year-old boy while he left Yankees Stadium with his family last month. Luckily, his father was able to grab the attacker and prevent him from being taken.

According to the NYPD, the incident happened on May 10th at around 9:27 p.m. The boy, Denis Acosta Jr, was walking in the vicinity of West 162nd Street and Jerome Avenue when the suspect approached him, picked him up, and attempted to put him in a black car.

The boy's parents were walking ahead of him as they walked to their car, according to CBS 2, while he walked with his 9-year-old sister a few steps behind.

The sister witnessed the attempted kidnapping: “It looked like the guy was trying to put him in the car, and get in the car and leave,” she told the station. "I really saw him right in front of my face happening. I was really scared. I couldn’t move. I was frozen, just staring at him."

According to CBS 2, the boy's father, Denis Acosta Sr., confronted the suspect, jumped on him and hit him; the suspect allegedly insisted he was the boy's father, then briefly followed the family after they were able to wrest Denis Jr. from the car. The family attempted to get police to intervene, but the suspect managed to flee.

The suspect was caught on surveillance video, which you can see below:


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The suspect is described as a male, approximately 30 years old and 190 lbs, wearing black dress shoes, a dark sweater, and a button down shirt underneath.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.