Police are searching for a man who was caught on surveillance video attempting to kidnap a toddler before giving up after the child's two siblings chased him down.
Video taken from Sprague, Washington, city hall as well as a local grocery store gave authorities a clear view of the man they're after – a man who snatched 22-month-old Owen from a local park while he and his siblings were playing unsupervised. Michael Wright, the father of the three children, said he left his children with their babysitter on Sunday while he was at work, KXLY reports. The kids were in a park near the babysitter's house when the unidentified man took Owen. He reportedly talked with the children for a few moments before scooping up the toddler and running away.
Owen's siblings, Delicia, 8, and Brenden, 10, immediately ran after the man. They began to scream loudly as they frantically ran down the street, which caught the attention of antique store owner Dorothy Giddings.
"This little girl come [sic] running around the corner, screaming her head off," Giddings told KXLY. "The girl said, 'That man got my baby brother! That man got my baby brother!'"
When Giddings became aware of what was happening, she sent her teenage grandson and his friend to chase after the man. Before they could get to the man, however, he dropped Owen in a vacant lot and fled.
"I told that little girl, I said, 'Honey, you did exactly what you needed to do – scream your head off,'" Giddings said. "That's what saved that baby. Her screaming and running."
Authorities believe that the man is not a resident of Sprague, as the town is made up of just 500 people.
"We don't believe him to be a local at this point," Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers told the news station. "We'd recognize him if he was local."
Police are reportedly following up on leads, but have yet to identify the suspect.
"I can't explain the feeling, the anxiety and everything that goes into finding out your children is missing or something has happened to them," Michael Wright said. "I'm remorseful for anybody out there that has to go through this situation because now that I've done it, been through it. I wouldn't wish it on anybody."