The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Schauntel Gomez, a transient, was taken into custody around 2 a.m. July 26, and was transported to Santa Clara County jail on charges including attempted kidnapping, according to police.
The mother and grandmother of the child told police that Gomez approached them around 4 p.m. July 25 on the 400 block of Fairmont Avenue wearing a white mask when she allegedly tried to take the child, punching the grandmother in the face when she tried to intervene.
Gomez reportedly threatened the child's mother before getting in a Toyota Camry and leaving, police said. Neither the child nor the mother were injured during the incident, police said.
Although officers could not find the suspect in the area, Gomez was found at 2 a.m. the next day at a gas station parking lot at the corner of Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway. She was identified as the same suspect involved in the Wednesday kidnapping attempt, and officers located a white mask in the vehicle along with drug paraphernalia and mail and packages from the area.
Police also arrested her on suspicion of making criminal threats, battery, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The victim and the suspect did not appear to know each other, police said.
Gomez is being held with bail set at $81,000, and had a court date set for Monday, July 30.
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