Parents Take Down Sex Offender Trying To Kidnap Children At California Park

Alert parents stopped registered sex offender Marcus Dewitt from kidnapping children from a California park on Monday.

Lake Elsinore, CA – Alert parents stopped a sex offender who tried to kidnap two children from a park on Monday, and then held him on the ground until police arrived.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on March 11 when 29-year-old Marcus Dewitt tried to grab a three-year-old boy by the arm at Rosetta Canyon Sports Park at about 11:30 a.m., according to KABC.

The toddler was playing on a piece of playground equipment and Dewitt wasn’t able to reach him, so he quickly adjusted his target and went after a four-year-old nearby.

Dewitt picked up the little boy and ran, KABC reported.

Fortunately, his attentive parents were nearby and saw what happened.

The parents chased Dewitt down and wrestled the boy away from him, as other family members arrived to help, according to KABC.

When Dewitt tried to flee, a family member caught him and put him on the ground.

“The victim’s parents and other family members saw the abduction, were able to catch DeWitt and wrestle the boy away from him,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “DeWitt attempted to leave the area, but was subdued by a member of the boy’s family.”

Other parents in the park witnessed the incident unfolding with horror.

“It was very brazen for him to just come up and try and snatch a kid with all the parents around,” eyewitness Keli Wilcher told KABC. “It makes me nervous as a parent.”

Vanessa Mongrut said it was the child’s mother who “snatched the boy back from the kidnapper.”

“The little boy is fine,” Vanessa Mongrut, who witnessed the near-abduction, wrote on Facebook, according to Newsweek.

Family members of the children surrounded Dewitt and kept him on the ground until police arrived.

There was also an off-duty police officer in the park when the attempted kidnappings occurred, Newsweek reported.

Police arrested Dewitt booked him into the Cois Byrd Detention Center on kidnapping charges.

He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $1 million bail, The Daily Mail reported.

Dewitt was already a registered sex offender from a previous charge of indecent exposure.

His parents told KTTV that their son suffers from schizophrenia due to drug use as a teenager.

“I don’t want to make excuses for our son by any means,” his father said. “I feel for the family, my wife and I honestly will pray for the family and for the children, for their recovery [and] that no memory of this will be in theirs.”

Comments (59)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

He suffers from a whole lot more than schizophrenia. He'll have a jolly ole' time in prison, that I'm sure of.

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

There wouldn’t have been a lot of police could’ve done for him by the time I wrestled him down.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I hope he enjoys bending over in jail and then prison for the rest of his life. Good job parents and family members !

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

And there are liberals who believe pedophilia is okay and people should ‘love’ who they want! They want to decriminalize this behavior and the pervs who commit acts against children. God help us!

Gramercy
Gramercy

Praise be to ALERT PARENTS who did EXACTLY what they should have done! Whatever the reason for the offenders actions, I pray he will be sequestered for life.

Jack17
Jack17

If it had been my kid and my family he would not have survived the incident.

Danimyl
Danimyl

PVC Pipe Cutter would make sure this creep never tries to harm a child again.

Bullet
Bullet

At my age, a grandparent, and retired L.E. O. who is ALWAYS carrying, I'm afraid it would not have been pretty had he tried to kidnap a child in my presence. Quite sure he would have had a few more "holes" to be able to drain from.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

I hope he visited the ER before his trip to the detention center.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Same here. Active duty always carrying. Pretty certain he would've taken a trip straight to the medical examiner's office.

Skidoo
Skidoo

The kid is not OK. He'll remember being in the hands of a rapist for years to come. Hell is too good for child molesters. All of them should go into a giant wood chipper and mulched.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

I wouldn’t doubt that they’d end up charging the parents for some BS reason and let that poorly-guided child molestor free. After all, it’s Caulifornia.

NomonK
NomonK

Don't believe in Mental Sickness, I believe this is PURE EVILNESS.

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

Castration with a rusty knife works for me!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Cut off his balls and dick!! Make him pee through a tube the rest of his life!! Personally, pedophiles can not be cured and aren't redeemable so should be treated like a rabid animal and put down!!!

Texan Blue
Texan Blue

If it were in Texas he's be lying there dead in a pool of his own blood

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I just keep picturing burger all day flat on his fat fucking face!

Ziggy89
Ziggy89

I LOVE a happy ending!!

Mark Ru
Mark Ru

Even the dog doesn't wanna be near the perv

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I would have stood over him and begged him to move so I had a valid reason to stomp a mudhole in his ass.

Signal10
Signal10

I would have chased him down with my dog named Glock. Sick 'em boy!

informative
informative

The same Californians that all agree this guy should be off the street will give this guy probation and demand he be on a registered offender list (as IF that will solve the problem) and THEN this guy will just go and pretend to be an illegal immigrant with a new name and claim sanctuary state exemptions in the future. They don't see how broken and worthless their entire failing civilization strategy is

JBH
JBH

His drug use was another crime Dad! Try another excuse for his intentional criminal behavior.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Hope the beat the shit out of him.

That’s the ONLY way he will stop

FM1
FM1

These people have a incurable animalistic sexual urge that causes these acts to occur and the choices are limited.total confinement or possable medical procedures of either physical or mental alterations.what ever it takes to protect small children from animals like this.jgb

Ninermom91
Ninermom91

That's not schizophrenia, it's pedophilia.

Mmr Bruce
Mmr Bruce

Many of the responses here are worth the time scrolling through them 😂😂😂

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The comments were as great as the original story was disgusting!

thansley330
thansley330

That scumbag is lucky that was not my kid I would have tap danced on his head til the police arrived.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Wait! They didn't rough him up? At least a little bit? In my neck of the woods the fucker would not have been able to walk for a while, and I am guessing in yours either.

mrd183
mrd183

This guy should be institutionalized. But since the tx model is community based, this type of crap will continue.