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Police investigating attempted child abduction in Flagstaff

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Posted at 12:58 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 13:17:51-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — UPDATE: Flagstaff police say the suspect has been arrested and identified as Jeffrey Roholt. Police say he was interviewed and stated he believed the cart was his and attempted to leave the store with it and the baby inside. He is being charged with one count of kidnapping.

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Flagstaff police are searching for a man who tried to take a woman’s shopping cart with an infant sitting in it.

Police say that on Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m. they responded to the Bashas' store on Woodlands Village Boulevard in Flagstaff. A woman told police that while she was using the self-checkout a man grabbed her shopping cart, with an infant child inside in a carrier, and started to walk away.

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Attempted Child Abduction (P20-12664) Flagstaff, Ariz. – On September 3, 2020 at approximately 9:35 a.m., Flagstaff...

Posted by Flagstaff Police Department on Thursday, September 3, 2020

The mother quickly noticed what was happening and confronted the man, who then left the store.

Police say the male is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’10” and approximately 160 pounds. He has brown hair and was wearing slacks and a collared shirt at the time of the attempted kidnapping, according to police.

If anyone recognizes the man, they’re urged to call the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111 to remain anonymous.