Bend man tried to kidnap boy, 3, at RDM, police say

Police: He let boy go, later bit sergeant's hand

Bend man arrested for allegedly...

REDMOND, Ore. - (Update: Adding video)

A Bend man who grabbed a 3-year-old boy but let him go after his father threatened him was arrested Thursday night at the Redmond Airport after he became combative at a TSA checkpoint and tried to run from police, bit a sergeant's hand and was put in a restraint device, officers said.

Redmond police were dispatched to the airport around 6:30 p.m. on a report of an attempted child abduction, Capt. Brian McNaughton said Friday.

As officers were en route, the suspect, Arnulfo Maldonado Lopez, 25, tried to pass through the TSA checkpoint, then became combative with airport security shortly after his failed attempt to pull the boy away from his mother and father, McNaughton said.

Maldonado also resisted when Redmond police tried to take him into custody near the security checkpoint, biting a sergeant on the hand and trying to run, McNaughton said.

More officers were called in and used a restraint device called the WRAP, designed to reduce injury to officers as well as a suspect.

An investigation determined Maldonado suddenly grabbed a 3-year-old boy who was holding his father's hand, McNaughton said. He allegedly tried to pull the child from his father, but let him go after the father threatened him.

"Maldonado proceeded to erratically run around yelling and screaming, just before security was able to detain him," the sergeant said in a news release, adding, "It should be noted that Maldonado was not previously known to this family."

Maldonado first was taken to the St. Charles Redmond ER and evaluated by staff before being taken to the Deschutes County Jail in Bend.

He remained held Friday on $80,000 bail, facing charges of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault on a public safety officer, interfering with a police officer and criminal mischief.

Detective Sgt. Aaron Wells said responding officers "believed the suspect exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with methamphetamine psychosis."

The sergeant who was bitten on the hand was treated for minor injuries and released, McNaughton said.

"The Redmond Police Department attributes the quick actions of the child’s parents as well as the actions of on-site RAMS security for the apprehension of Maldonado and for the safety of the child.," who was unhurt in the incident, McNaughton wrote.

"We would also like to thank the Redmond Airport staff, TSA personnel and St. Charles (Redmond) Emergency Room staff for their assistance in this matter," he added.

McNaughton said Maldonado previously was arrested on July 28 in Bend.

In that incident, police said Maldonado called 911 and asked for help. As Bend officers tried to help Maldonado by using a "language line" service, he allegedly stole the officer's phone and ran away, McNaughton said. Bend officers caught Maldonado and retrieved the phone.

"We would like to remind parents to be aware of any suspicious activity," McNaughton wrote. "The parents in this case were alert and took appropriate action.

"The Redmond Police Department asks that all citizens be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity or persons to the police immediately. We need your help to reach our goal to make Redmond the safest community in Oregon."

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