A man and a woman who allegedly attempted to kidnap a 3-year-old child in a neighborhood were arrested Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said.
Christopher Schapira, 47, and Patricia Benitez, 58, tried to take a 3-year-old girl from a mobile home park near Loop 1604 near Shaenfield Road before noon on Saturday.
The girl and her 5-year-old sister were playing outside when Schapira and Benitez, who were walking their dog, approached them.
Moments later, the 5-year-old alerted her mother while the pair allegedly led her sister away.
Schapira and Benitez were arrested after officials received tips from the neighborhood.
“If people are going to be this brazen and try to take a little girl right in broad daylight, imagine right now, where everyone’s getting ready for Halloween, all the kids are going to be out in the neighborhoods, and we just need to be extra careful,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.