Grandfather thwarts woman trying to kidnap granddaughter

A grandfather was credited with fighting off a woman who tried to kidnap his 3-year-old granddaughter on Saturday at a Northern California park.

Lindsay Frasher, 28, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and is being held on $200,000 bail in the Placer County jail, according to the Auburn Police Department.

Police Sgt. Gary Hopping told KTXL-TV that the man and his two grandchildren were visiting Ashford Park in Auburn, about 35 miles northeast of Sacramento, at 1:42 p.m. when Frasher approached them.

She then grabbed one of the children, a 3-year-old girl, and tried to pull her from her grandfather, police said.

As Frasher tried to carry the toddler away, the man fought her off and engaged in a "tug of war over the little girl," Hopping told the TV station.

The grandfather held on to his granddaughter and stopped Frasher from running away, police said.

Police did not have a motive for the alleged kidnapping attempt and said Frasher "was not known to the child or family members involved." She was not believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

© Auburn Police Department. Booking photo of Lindsay Frasher

Grandfather Fights Off Woman Attempting to Kidnap His Granddaughter at the Park: Police

A family’s afternoon at the park took a frightening turn this weekend in Auburn, California, when police say a 3-year-old girl’s grandfather had to physically intervene to stop her abduction, PEOPLE confirms.

Lindsay Frasher, 28, is being held on $200,000 bail after being charged with a single kidnapping count in connection with the incident.

According to Auburn police, the girl and her sibling were near the duck pond at Ashford Park with their grandfather on Saturday when Frasher allegedly approached them.

Authorities tell PEOPLE that Frasher allegedly walked up to the little girl and called her by a different name before snatching her up — then the grandfather sprang into action, latching onto the little girl.

Frasher allegedly wouldn’t let go, triggering what police described as a “tug of war” between her and the child’s relative.

Others at the park witnessed what was happening and rushed to the grandfather’s aid, helping thwart the alleged kidnapping attempt, police say.

The grandfather and several other park visitors managed to stop Frasher from allegedly fleeing. Police tell PEOPLE the group was able to restrain her until officers arrived at the scene.

The little girl did not sustain any injuries.

According to police, Frasher is not known to the child’s family and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of her arrest.

Authorities declined to comment on whether Frasher has a mental illness.

It was unclear Tuesday if Frasher has entered a plea to the charge against her, and court records indicate she has yet to retain an attorney.

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