NYC: Man tries to snatch 3-year-old girl off Queens street, holds a woman hostage: police

A crazed man tried to snatch a 3-year-old girl from her scooter on a Queens street, then burst into a nearby home and held a knife to a woman’s throat, police sources and witnesses said Tuesday.

Lester Augusto, 29, was busted not long after the Monday evening rampage, and faces charges of attempted kidnapping, burglary and menacing.

The wild episode unfolded at about 5:45 p.m., when the little girl zipped along 104th Ave. near 173rd St. in Jamaica on a pink electric car. She and her mom were walking back from a day at a nearby park when Augusto allegedly pounced, witnesses said.

“The guy tried to reach for the little girl,” said Jonathan DePena, a 32-year-old hotel cook and father of three. “He was crazy. He was trying to pull the little girl from her mother.”


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