LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities are investigating the attempted kidnappings Wednesday of two children that occurred 20 minutes apart from each other.
The first incident occurred at 5:11 p.m. at the intersection of Chevy Chase Drive and Adams Street in Glendale.
A mother was walking her infant child in a stroller when a suspect approached her, grabbed the child out of the stroller and then attempted to flee.
The woman was able to get her baby back from the suspect, who then fled.
The second incident occurred less than a mile away shortly after 5:30 p.m. right near John Marshall Elementary school at the intersection of Chevy Chase Drive and Broadway.
An 8-year-old called 911 and reported that someone had attempted to steal his 2-year-old brother.
The mother of the two children was standing nearby and was able to interrupt the kidnapping. The suspect fled in a small silver sedan.
The 8-year-old described the suspect as a man dressed as a woman, while the mother described the suspect as a male in his 40s or 50s with salt-and-pepper hair, a two-day-old beard, and wearing a gray shirt.
The Glendale Police Department is actively investigating both incidents, and detectives believe the suspect or suspects are related to both incidents.
Glendale police are working with Glendale Unified School officials to notify parents and are also requesting that everyone be extra vigilant.
Anyone with information regarding either incident is urged to call (818) 548-4911.