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Good Samaritans Thwart Popular DJ’s Attempted Kidnapping Of 2-Year-Old Boy In San Francisco, Police Say

Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, an Australian disc jockey known as DJ Roski, allegedly snatched a young boy out of his mother's arms and tried to get away, but onlookers stopped him.

By Ethan Harfenist

Good Samaritans stopped the attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old boy by an Australian disc jockey from a busy San Francisco street, police said Tuesday.

Police arrested Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, 34, of Perth, Australia, on Friday. Australia media reports Holyoake is a popular disc jockey.

The toddler was holding his mother's hand while they walked in the Castro neighborhood when Holyoake snatched the boy, San Francisco police say.

Holyoake ran for about half a block with the mother and several bystanders in pursuit before the bystanders grabbed and held him until police arrived.

Adam and Sabrina Walker said they were out strolling with their son as they heard the mother shouting for assistance.

"She was screaming, 'Police, police, help me', and we noticed there was a man walking past with a child in his arms, and she was not letting go," Sabrina Walker told local outlet KTVU. "In the moment it was very scary, and you just can't imagine that happening to you,"

Meanwhile, Adam Walker said he gave he chase without really giving a second though.

"I think my fatherly instincts kicked in and I did what I thought was right," Adam Walker told KTVU.

Roscoe Bradley Holyoake

Adam Walker said he and another witness yelled for others to help apprehend Holyoake; when the suspect realized he was being pursued by several people, he gave up.

"He put his hands up, and said 'All right, I'm done,'" Walker told KTVU. "And he didn't fight back, didn't struggle, just obeyed my commands, walked to the sidewalk and put his hands on the wall and got on his knees."

Holyoake performs under the name DJ Roski and recently played Australian Mardi Gras, according to the Australian Broadcast Corporation.

He appeared briefly in court Tuesday and was ordered to return Thursday to enter a plea. His attorney Steve Olmo told media outside court that Holyoake doesn't have a criminal record and was in San Francisco on business.

Holyoake remained in San Francisco County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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