SFPD arrest Oakland man suspected of downtown SF child abduction attempt

- San Francisco police arrested a man on Friday suspected of attempted child abduction earlier this week. According to police, a mother and her 2-year-old son had boarded a Muni bus Tuesday, November 17th around 10 a.m. on the 600 block of Sansome Street.

While they waited for their bus transfer, a man identified as 45-year old Sudesh Singh of Oakland, entered the bus and took the child who was next to his mother. Singh was said to have taken the crying child off the bus and headed northbound on Sansome. The mother followed, confronted the man and pulled the child back from his possession before re-boarding the bus.

The child did not appear to be physically harmed in the struggle. SFPD says the mother’s sister reported the incident to the San Rafael Police Department who then relayed the report back to SFPD. The department was able to obtain video of the incident. Investigators identified Singh who had been contacted by officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security near the scene of the abduction attempt for acting suspiciously.

SFPD Special Victim’s Unit investigators, who were assigned the case issued a crime alert to local law enforcement agencies with Singh’s information and a description of the incident.

Singh was spotted early Friday morning by BART police officers who recognized him at the SFO BART Station. SFPD responded and placed the suspect under arrest at the airport.

Singh was booked into the San Francisco County Jail for felony kidnapping and child endangerment. 

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