Monday, September 2, 2019

Report: Man arrested for attempting to kidnap 5-year-old boy outside Katz's

The Post is reporting that a man was arrested after allegedly grabbing a 5-year-old boy on the sidewalk outside Katz's early yesterday morning.

There aren't many details at the moment. Per the Post:

Eric Visa, 46, approached the child as he was walking outside the famous Lower East Side eatery with his family shortly after midnight, according to law enforcement sources.

The creep, who was wearing a top hat, grabbed the boy and walked away before the mother noticed and chased him down, the sources said.

Visa was tracked down by police and arrested at about 3 a.m. He was charged with attempted kidnapping.

The Citizen app listed the address as 164 Ludlow St., which is near Stanton Street...


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

not placing any blame but why is a 5 year old child walking along Houston street after midnight???

Anonymous said...

the fuck? The kid was taken from outside Katz, that’s all you've got. The fucking family could have been lost tourists looking for their hotel after a late flight. Fuck people like you.

james said...

Young children anything can happen and quickly. Always remember the story of Etan Patz disappeared at age six, Parents spent years searching he was on the milk carton for a long time never a answer.

Scuba Diva said...

@james: Actually, a few years ago the cold case of Etan Patz was revived and Pedro Hernandez confessed and is now serving 25 years to life.

But I agree, the city isn't a safe place to raise a kid; actually, there are fewer and fewer safe places all the time.

junecartercash said...

Actually, @james, someone confessed to murdering Etan and is currently serving life without parole.

Unknown said...

Etan Patz parents let him walk to a bus stop by himself at 6 years old in 1970s Soho, you be the judge if that was bad judgment. Watch your kids people!

Giovanni said...

I took the bus and subway to school when I was 7 or 8 years old, and so did many other kids, before the Etan Patz case changed everything.

Actually, two people confessed to killing Ethan Patz, and one of them was Jose Ramos (in a jailhouse confession). He was the boyfriend of Etan Patz’s babysitter and is a convicted sex offender, currently in prison in Pennsylvania for molesting two boys he’d lured into a toy-filled school bus. Ramos was also accused by his own brother of abusing him as a child, and was found guilty in a civil case of causing Etan’s death.

But for some reason, many years later, Manhattan prosecutors went after Pedro Hernandez, a schizophrenic with no criminal record who claimed that there was a room full of people in the basement of the bodega he worked in when he killed Etan, and then claimed he left the body in a box on the street in SoHo which was never found in spite of a huge search for a missing child. To this day we still do not know what happened to Etan Patz beyond the delusional confession of a diagnosed schizophrenic.

Lets just be grateful that this young boy was saved from whatever fate awaited him.

james said...

Yes I know the cold case resulted in a homicide conviction but his remains were never recovered allowing his parents a burial and closure.

Gojira said...

Like @Giovanni, I took MTA buses to school starting in first grade; school buses were not a thing at PS 101, only the private schools had those. But it was indeed a different time - there was a supermarket near our apt., and I still remember in nice weather moms leaving baby carriages clustered outside with their kids sleeping in them when they shopped, because there was no way to push the kid and a cart. No one thought anything of it, and nothing ever happened to any of those infants.