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Grandfather fights off woman trying to kidnap granddaughter in Northern California park, police say

Los Angeles Times logo Los Angeles Times 17/01/2017 Veronica Rocha
Booking photo of Lindsay Frasher © Auburn Police Department Booking photo of Lindsay Frasher

A grandfather was credited with fighting off a woman who tried to kidnap his 3-year-old granddaughter on Saturday at a Northern California park.

Lindsay Frasher, 28, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and is being held on $200,000 bail in the Placer County jail, according to the Auburn Police Department.

Police Sgt. Gary Hopping told KTXL-TV that the man and his two grandchildren were visiting Ashford Park in Auburn, about 35 miles northeast of Sacramento, at 1:42 p.m. when Frasher approached them.

She then grabbed one of the children, a 3-year-old girl, and tried to pull her from her grandfather, police said.

As Frasher tried to carry the toddler away, the man fought her off and engaged in a "tug of war over the little girl," Hopping told the TV station.

The grandfather held on to his granddaughter and stopped Frasher from running away, police said.

Police did not have a motive for the alleged kidnapping attempt and said Frasher "was not known to the child or family members involved." She was not believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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