Man Arrested On Attempted Kidnapping Charges Of Boy, 2 In Bronx Playground
Police arrested Shajahan Hasnath, 30 after the mother of a two 2-year-old said he tried to lure her son into the bathroom of Virginia Playground in the Bronx near the corner of McGraw and Virginia Avenue on July 31, 2014. The mother said he warned the defendant to stay away from the child several times after he touched the boy. Hasnath was arrested and charged with five charges including attempted kidnapping, attempted unlawful imprisonment and child luring charges.
By Geoffrey Croft
A 30-year-old man was arrested in a Bronx playground after the mother of a two 2-year-old said he repeatedly touched the child, and attempted to lure the child into the bathroom NYC Park Advocates has learned.
Police arrested Bronx resident Shajahan Hasnath shortly after. Hasnath lives nearby on Taylor Avenue.
The alleged incident occurred just after 8:00pm on July 31, 2014.
According to the complaint the defendant first grabbed the child's hand, swinging his arms and hands.
A short time later he approached the boy again and "grabbed hold of the child's hands and did not let go," rubbed his arm and stroked his cheek after the tot had fallen down.
The mother told the defendant not to touch her child.
A short time later the man approached the child again while he was crying and crouched down beside him, grabbed his hand and tried to lead him away from his mother in the direction of the bathroom.
The mother went after him and removed the child from his grasp and again told him not to touch her child.
A short time later the mother said that the defendant stood in front of the bathroom and motioned toward various children including her own to come towards him. The mother stated her son began walking towards him.
Hasnath was arrested and charged by the Bronx DA's office with Attempted Kidnapping, Attempted Luring A Child, Attempted unlawful imprisonment, Unlawful Imprisonment, Engaging the Welfare of a Child.
He is being held on Rikers Island on $10,000 bail.