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'Prominent' DJ charged in kidnapping attempt of 2-year-old in San Francisco

SF Gate logo SF Gate 4/17/2019 Katie Dowd
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Australian media are reporting a man charged in the attempted kidnapping of a boy in San Francisco is a "prominent Perth DJ and community radio presenter."

Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, 34, was arrested Friday after police say he grabbed a 2-year-old boy from his mother's arms near Market and 17th streets. Bystanders said he ran half a block with the boy until Good Samaritans tracked him down. One witness told KTVU that after Holyoake drew a crowd, he allegedly "gave the boy back to the mom and then he turned and smiled at us and took off running down the street."

a man smiling for the camera: Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, 34, was arrested on April 12, 2019 after San Francisco police say he attempted to kidnap a 2-year-old boy. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, 34, was arrested on April 12, 2019 after San Francisco police say he attempted to kidnap a 2-year-old boy.

Holyoake was detained by witnesses until police arrived on the scene.

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a view of a city street filled with lots of traffic: A view of the corner of Market and 17th St in the Castro neighborhood. A kidnapping occurred there Friday after a man allegedly tried to take a 2-year-old child from his mother, police said. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

A view of the corner of Market and 17th St in the Castro neighborhood. A kidnapping occurred there Friday after a man allegedly tried to take a 2-year-old child from his mother, police said.

According to the Australia Broadcasting Company, Holyoake goes by the name DJ Roski professionally and is a "well-known DJ" in the local scene. Perth community radio station RTRFM confirmed to ABC he occasionally worked as their presenter on the All Things Queer program.

He was also a resident DJ at Perth's Connections Nightclub, and formerly served on the board of Pride Western Australia.

San Francisco police are holding Holyoake on kidnapping and child endangerment charges; his bail was set at $500,000. The boy suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said, and the family refused medical treatment.

The San Francisco Sheriff's Department inmate locater indicates Holyoake is due in court Tuesday afternoon.

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