Attempted Kidnapping In Footscray

Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses following an attempted kidnapping of a child in Footscray on 25 March.

Investigators were told two boys, aged 5 and 14-years-of age, were walking along Eldridge Street when a man approached and attempted to pick up the 5-year-old about 3.50pm.

The teenage boy tried to intervene however was punched to the face and knocked to the ground.

A neighbour nearby witnessed the incident and yelled out to the man to put the boy down.

The man complied and walked away towards Kinnear Street.

The 5-year-old boy was unharmed while the 14-year-old sustained minor injuries.

Police have released two images and footage of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or with any other information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

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