Homeless Woman Arrested After Trying to Kidnap 4-Year-Old Girl at NorCal Trader Joe’s

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A Trader Joe's in Santa Ana where an attempted kidnapping occurred is shown in a Google Maps image.

A homeless woman was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl from a Trader Joe’s in Santa Rosa.

The incident occurred Thursday at the Trader Joe’s at the Santa Rosa Market Place, according to a press release from the Santa Rosa Police Department.

Police allege that Tina Szczepanek, 41, of Lake County, walked into the store and grabbed a girl who was shopping with her mother.

“Szczepanek went into Trader Joe’s and grabbed the victim, who was putting one of the small shopping carts away by the main entry/exit doors,” police said. “The mother of the victim was at the checkout stands and watched as the victim was putting the small cart away.”

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