A suspect has been arrested for allegedly trying to abduct a baby from a woman who was pushing the child in a stroller in Woodmere on Monday afternoon, Nassau County police said.
Craig Myczkowski, 44, who’s last known address is in Manhattan, was charged Tuesday with attempted unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, burglary, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.
“Give me the dead baby,” the suspect allegedly told the 65-year-old woman babysitting the 20-month-old baby at 12:15 p.m., according to investigators.
The sitter was pushing the baby in a stroller on West Broadway when the suspect first said the victim was “pushing a dead baby,” police alleged. The woman became alarmed and walked back to the home, but the suspect followed her and said that he needed to take the baby, police said.
Once she got inside and locked the doors, the woman saw the suspect enter an unlocked door to a “mud room” at the house and then try to open the kitchen door, which was locked, police said. After yelling through the door, the suspect took the stroller and walked away, police said.
Investigators said they found the stroller on the side of The Pizza Place on Broadway in Hewlett, where the suspect was spotted on surveillance video, which authorities released to the media before he was arrested.
He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and will be arraigned as soon as medically practical, police said.