California nanny Carmen Perez wasn’t about to let go of the stroller carrying the four-month-old daughter of her new employers.
“He went straight to me, like he wants to get the baby. I just started running,” Perez told KCBS-TV.
The man, identified by police as 35-year-old Edgar Valdez, was apprehended by a local security guard, who placed the man in handcuffs until San Bernardino police arrived, according to Lt. Rich Lawhead.
Perez said the man chased her, threw her to the ground and tried to pry the stroller from her hands, but she refused to let go.
The stroller toppled over as well, but the baby strapped inside was not hurt, authorities said.
Perez suffered some scrapes and bruises, but was otherwise fine.
She had just started her nanny job two weeks ago.
Valdez faces several charges, including attempted kidnapping and child cruelty. He is being held in lieu of $50,000. It was not clear whether he had entered a plea.