Police are searching for a woman who tried to snatch a little girl in Bensonhurst Saturday.
The mother told cops she was talking to a neighbor and that her two daughters — ages 2 and 6 — were playing with the neighbor’s dog on 80th Street and 16th Avenue at around 10am, when a woman with an “odd grin” tapped the 3-year-old on the shoulder and started to play with her, according to reports.
The mother told CBS New York she became alarmed when the woman tried to grab her daughter’s hand:
“The third time she took her hand, she walked a few steps and I told her, ‘What are you doing?’” the mother told CBS2’s Steve Langford.
She said the stranger then picked up her little girl and ran down the street.
“I told her, ‘Where are you going?’ and when I said that she held the girl and she just started to run,” she said.
The mother — identified by Pix11 as Fairouz Alfarez — managed to catch up with the suspect and retrieve her child, but not before snapping a picture of the woman, according to reports.
The suspect, who may be mentally impaired, is described as an Asian woman in her 30s wearing a red-and-black checkered shirt.
Unnerved by the incident, the mother told CBS she no longer feels safe in New York City, and wants to move to Connecticut.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.