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Parents tackle registered sex offender who allegedly tries to kidnap two tots from playground

Authorities in California say a man suspected of trying to kidnap two young children at a park was apprehended by quick-acting parents who witnessed his alarming behavior.

According to the New York Post, 29-year-old Marcus DeWitt allegedly attempted to grab a 3-year-old boy from the Rosetta Canyon Sports Park at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

That child was inside a piece of playground equipment and the suspect was unable to grab him, police reports claim. At that point, he allegedly set his sights on a 4-year-old boy in the same area.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported that the “victim’s parents and other family members saw the abduction, were able to catch DeWitt and wrestle the boy away from him.”

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Authorities say no children were injured during the incident, as the Press Enterprise reported.

A relative of the young boy reportedly “subdued” the suspect, police say.

Family members then reportedly surrounded DeWitt and held him at the scene until law enforcement officers could arrive.

Authorities arrested the suspect and booked him into jail in lieu of bail, which was set at $1 million. He is set to appear in court on Wednesday for a hearing, according to reports.

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[Featured image: Marcus DeWitt, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department]