Placerville kidnapping and burglary suspect Jason Wryrynen
PLACERVILLE, Calif. —
A man arrested Tuesday morning in Placerville for allegedly breaking into a home and attempting to kidnap a toddler was being investigated for a possible connection to the fatal stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in Calaveras County, authorities said.
Just after 8 a.m., police said 44-year-old Jason Wryrynen followed Patricia Patino up the stairs and forced his way into her apartment.
Police said he grabbed her 15-month child her arms. As Patino wrestled with him, the family's other children and a family friend ran into another room and called 911.
While the family waited for authorities to respond, the mother physically confronted the intruder and prevented him from entering the bedroom where the children took shelter, police said.
Wryrynen was taken into custody on kidnapping and burglary charges.
The toddler was uninjured during the incident.
"I am very thankful she is OK," said Patino.
A Placerville Police Department spokesman told Sacramento television station KCRA 3 that authorities are looking into any possible connection Wryrynen might have to the weekend stabbing of 8-year-old Leila Fowler during a burglary in the town of Valley Springs, about 46 miles south of Placerville.
"We contacted them. We collected DNA. However, we have no indication at this time," said Placerville Police Department spokesman Mike Scott. "Whether or not there there is any nexus is unknown to me."
But what was known was what one neighbor said police told her about the suspect's motives in Placerville.
"They said he said the devil told him to kill the baby," the neighbor explained.
The Calaveras County Sheriff's Department spokesperson also told KCRA it was not clear whether Wryrynen is linked to the Valley Springs homicide, which took place Saturday.
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