Man arrested for kissing and trying to kidnap a toddler on a popular beach

A man has been arrested after he snatched a toddler and planting kisses on her cheek on a popular beach in Ibiza.

Onlookers watched in horror as the man, of Moroccan origin, grabbed the girl, who is thought to be under two years old, on a popular beach in Ibiza.

The terrified mother immediately sprang into action, struggling to wrestle her precious child from the assailant’s grip and quickly retreated to a safer distance with her daughter. 

However, the man persisted and approached the duo once more before snatching the child again and waded into the water with the tot in his arms.

The mother’s desperate cries for help were heard by an off-duty National Police officer, who happened to be on the beach.

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The officer confronted the man and demanded he release the child, however, the assailant responded with violent resistance, refusing to let go of the toddler.

The off-duty officer managed to hold him in place until his on-duty colleagues arrived to take over. 

The suspect was subsequently arrested on charges of attempted illegal detention, sexual assault, resistance, and disobedience.

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The event unfolded on the sunny shores of Talamanca, Vila, around 12:30 pm last Wednesday. 

As the investigation continues, concerned citizens and tourists are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities immediately.

A spokesman for the National Police in the Balearic Islands said: “Officers have arrested a Moroccan man as the suspected author of a crime of unlawful detention, sexual assault, resisting arrest and disobedience, after he tried to take a two-year-old girl on a beach in Ibiza who he kissed on the face.

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“The man, without apparent motive, grabbed hold of the girl and starting kissing her on the cheek and stopping her from escaping.

“At that moment the girl’s mum grabbed hold of her daughter and freed her from the man’s grip.

“She went to another spot on the beach which was a fair distance from where they had been sitting and the man came up to them and grabbed hold of the girl again and went into the sea with her.

“The youngster’s mum started yelling because the man was ignoring her and wouldn’t let go of her daughter.

“At that point an off-duty police officer who was on the beach and heard the mum’s screams came to help and managed to reunite the mum with her daughter.

“He ordered the man to move away several times but the man adopted a violent attitude and threw himself on the off-duty police officer who had to reduce him and retain him until more police help arrived.

“The suspect was arrested for alleged unlawful detention of a minor as well as for crimes of sexual assault, resistance and disobedience.”

Police in Ibiza have not revealed the nationality of the mum or her toddler.

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