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Woman grabs child from Walmart shopping cart, is stopped by bystanders

A 50-year-old woman from Blanca was arrested following the incident at the Alamosa Walmart.

ALAMOSA, Colo. — People inside a southern Colorado Walmart jumped into action this week to subdue a woman after she grabbed a child from a shopping cart, the Alamosa Police Department said in a Facebook Post.

Just before 1 p.m. Thursday the department was called to the store at 3333 Clark St. for an attempted kidnapping progress.

When they arrived, they learned that a woman had grabbed a young child from a shopping cart and attempted to kidnap the child, police said.

Several other people in the store restrained the suspect until law enforcement arrived. The child was reunited with their parents and was not hurt.

The suspect, a 50-year-old woman from Blanca, was arrested on multiple charges including kidnapping, felony menacing, child abuse and disorderly conduct. It is not known whether the suspect had any connection to the child or whether the child was targeted randomly.

In its post, Alamosa Police thanked the "brave citizens" for their alertness and quick response.

Credit: KUSA

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