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MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Authorities say a family was walking in a parking lot on Desiard Street in Monroe on Friday when a man they did not know grabbed the hand of their four-year-old son and tried to walk away with him.

The boy’s mother began yelling at the man and commanded him to release her child, but the stranger reportedly cursed and said he did not have to let go of the child. The child’s father threatened to call the police, at which time the man released the couple’s son and left the apartment complex.

Authorities were able to locate the suspect, and the parents were able to confirm identification.

Anthony Price, 33, was arrested for simple kidnapping.

Photo courtesy of Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office

The parents were unaware who Price was when he took their child away from them. The boy’s mother yelled at Price to command him to stop and release the child, but Price responded to her using curse words and saying that he did not have to let go of the child.

When the father of the child told Price that he was going to call the police, Price released the boy. The suspect then proceeded to leave the apartment complex.

Price was located by authorities and identified by the parents. 

Price’s bond is set to $25,000.