Man kidnapped 8-year-old child near park in California, cops say

Source: Merced Police Department, MEGA

Dec. 3 2021, Published 7:44 p.m. ET

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A California man has been arrested after he allegedly kidnapped an 8-year-old child at a park.

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Police were called to Rahilly Park at the 3400 block of N. Parsons Ave. in Merced, California, around 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 30 for a possible kidnapping of a child, FOX 26 reported.

The parents reported their child was playing near Rahilly Park when confronted by a transient man that forced her inside his tent next to the bike path, according to FOX 26.

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The child escaped and returned to her home, FOX 26 reported. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries, according to FOX 26.

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Officers searched the area and found a man who was identified as Rolando Gonzalez, FOX 26 reported.

Gonzalez was booked into the Merced County Jail for kidnapping and annoying/molesting a child, according to FOX 26.


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