A woman was in custody Thursday for allegedly trying to kidnap a 4-year-old boy from a downtown Los Angeles fast food restaurant, but police say she is not a suspect in a subsequent kidnap attempt of another young boy in South Los Angeles.
Maralyn Ramos, 33, was taken into custody about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at Agatha and San Pedro streets in the downtown Los Angeles area, and was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. She was being held on $100,000 bail.
She is suspected of carrying a 4-year-old boy out of a McDonald’s restaurant at 1310 E. Olympic Blvd. about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and trying to enter a parked vehicle with him before being stopped by a witness, according to the LAPD. The attempt was captured on the restaurant’s security video.
The woman fled on foot, the LAPD reported.
Late Thursday morning, the owner/operator of the McDonald’s, Veronica Sanchez, released the following statement: “Our biggest priority is always the safety and well-being of our customers and employees. We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement during this investigation.”
Police had suspected Ramos also tried to kidnap another 4-year-old boy, but later determined she was not involved in that incident.
That second attempted kidnapping occurred about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, when a woman approached a boy who was walking alongside a family member on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near San Pedro Street and attempted to walk away with him before being stopped by a witness, according to the LAPD. That woman also fled on foot.
Police now say “detectives have determined that the second attempt kidnapping incident was not committed by the same suspect and there is no connection between Ramos and the suspect detectives are looking to identify,” according to an LAPD statement. “The suspect in that case is still at large. Detectives are releasing video of that incident and need the community’s help to identify her.”
Anyone with information on either case was urged to call 213-486-6840 to speak with Detective Arroyo or Detective Moreno.
After-hours calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-247 and anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org .