A North Hollywood man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 4-year-old boy, but was thwarted by a good Samaritan, has been charged in connection with the incident, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Andron Gazarov, 33, has been charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and indecent exposure, according to a news release from the DA’s office.
Gazarov allegedly tried to kidnap Grady O’Brien while he was walking home with his older brother and their babysitter in the area of Loyola Boulevard and Manchester Avenue in Westchester, the news release stated.
The man punched the babysitter in the face and grabbed the young boy, according to Deputy District Attorney Simone Shay.
Grady’s older brother — six-year-old Brendan O’Brien — then screamed and ran home to get his father.
A good Samaritan — identified as Jesus Delgado — caught up to the man, stopped him and took Grady away from him, prosecutors said.
Gazarov then took all of his clothes off and exposed himself before police arrived, the release stated.
He faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted on all charges. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday.