WATCH: Terrifying moment 4yo girl snatched from shop in frightening kidnapping attempt

A 4-year-old girl has had a lucky escape after she was snatched out of a store in a terrifying kidnapping attempt in California.

The child was shopping with her mother and infant sister in Victorville last week, when a 24-year-old man snatched the young girl and tried to flee.

According to a statement issued by the Victorville Police Department, the man ” attempted to flee the location with the victim but lost his grip on her, just outside of the business, as she tried to get away from him.”


“The mother of the victim was heard screaming by several nearby people who saw the suspect running from the scene and chased after him.”

The man was arrested nearby shortly after the horrifying ordeal and charged with kidnapping and child cruelty.

Police said the young girl was scared and upset, but did not appear to suffer any physical injuries.