In many parts of the world, kidnapping is a real and dangerous threat.
The kidnapping of a child is also known as child abduction and may be done to demand ransom in exchange for releasing the victim, or for other illegal purposes.
Shocking video footage has surfaced on social media this week that shows just how quickly a kidnapping can happen.
In the video, we can see two women sitting down at a table with a young child outside a Florida Johannesburg pizza restaurant. Suddenly, an unknown man jumps over the railing and can be seen heading straight for the child. One of the women, sitting directly across from the child can be seen literally jumping across the table. Another man, that we can assume was also dining at the restaurant, can be seen rushing over and grabbing the kidnapper. A fight ensues when the assailant proceeds to grab the young child, but the fast actions of a security guard, who appears to have some MMA training, manages to thwart the assailants plans as the girl is rescued and the attacker is apprehended.
The man, who is now an arrested suspect, can be seen in the response to the video below. It is believed that he was attempting to take the child and give her to Nigerians in exchange for drugs.
Lt Kay Makhubela, a Gauteng police spokesperson, confirmed the incident to TimesLIVE .
“It is alleged that on Thursday about 5 pm the complainant was at the pizza shop in Florida with her four-year-old child when an unknown male came and grabbed the child by her neck as if he wanted to take her. The mother and the child screamed and, with the help of the shop owner and the community, the suspect was apprehended,” Makhubela said.
The suspect appeared in the Roodepoort magistrate's court on Friday.