Police: Man arrested after trying to grab child

Posted: August 09, 2013

A Philadelphia man with a long history of drug crimes was arrested after he allegedly tried to pull a child from her parents' hands, Upper Darby police said.

Daniel Johnson, 27, of the 6100 block of Delancey Street, was charged with kidnapping, simple assault, indecent exposure, and related crimes, according to police.

"He ain't dealing with a straight deck," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby superintendent of police. He said Johnson was "whacked out" and had taken the drug PCP.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, an unidentified couple and their 3-year-old daughter were walking from a park near Cobbs Creek Parkway and Marshall Road toward Powell Lane. The child was in the middle with each parent holding one hand. As they were walking, Johnson - wearing only blue jeans - began walking toward them on the sidewalk.

Just as he was about to pass the family, Johnson lunged and grabbed the child by the arm and tried to wrestle her from her parents' grasp. Johnson gave up and ran from the scene, according to police.

A short while later, Johnson was found by Philadelphia police naked and rolling in the grass near Cobbs Creek Parkway and Spruce Street, said Chitwood. He had thrown his clothes off the Marshall Road bridge, Chitwood said.

Johnson was later identified by the parents as the man who tried to grab their child.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Delaware County jail on $150,000 bail.

The parents, Chitwood said, "basically saved this child."

Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-8111 or mschaefer@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @MariSchaefer.


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