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Man Attempts To Kidnap 4-Year-Old Girl From Local Store

VICTORVILLE:( A Hesperia man was arrested for attempting to kidnap a 4-year-old girl from a local store.

On Friday, July 1st, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sheriff’s dispatch received a report that a man had attempted to take a child from inside a business.

Deputies responded to Macias Cellular & Computers located on the 15300 block of Seventh Street in Victorville.

According to deputies, 24-year-old Terry Lynn Ransom, a resident of Hesperia entered the store and attempted to grab the 4-year-old girl, who was inside with her mother and infant sibling.

Ransom attempted to flee the location with the victim but lost his grip on her, just outside of the business, as she tried to get away from him.

According to a witness at the scene, the small family had just walked into the store. The 4-year-old let go of the moms hand to look at a candy machine. “As the mom said no, a man grabbed her from the door”, stated the witness. “The little girl dropped to the floor and was so freaked out”.

The mother of the victim was heard screaming by several nearby people who saw the suspect running from the scene and chased after him.

Several deputies responding to the call immediately searched the surrounding area. The suspect was located near the scene and detained without incident.

The victim was scared and upset but did not appear to suffer any physical injuries. The suspect was evaluated at a local hospital and then booked at the High Desert Detention Center on charges of kidnapping and child cruelty.

According to public court records, Ransom is currently being held in lieu of a $250,000 and is scheduled to appear in a Victorville courtroom on Wednesday , July 6th at 12:30 pm.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27436) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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