Caught on tape: Abduction suspect carries tot out of store in video

Screengrab of surveillance video obtained by CBS Boston showing an apparent child abduction attempt in a Braintree, Massachusetts grocery store Aug. 12, 2016

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BRAINTREE, Mass.-- An abduction suspect can be seen walking out of a Massachusetts grocery store with a small child slung over his shoulder in harrowing surveillance video obtained by CBS Boston.

Cameras inside the South Shore India Market in Braintree, south of Boston, captured the moment 47-year-old Stephen O’Brien on Aug. 12 allegedly grabbed the one-year-old boy and walked out, the station reports.

“This gentleman walked in, without a shirt, grabbed the kid,” Mehtab Ahmed, a store employee, told the station.

The suspect is seen throwing the child over his shoulder and walking directly to the back door. But the child’s father immediately followed, and the suspect is seen handing the boy back over without incident.

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Stephen O’Brien

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The father then told Ahmed, who called police. O’Brien was arrested soon after in a wooded area behind the store following a struggle and charged with kidnapping and resisting arrest.

Police say the parents initially thought the suspect was an employee playing with their child.

O’Brien was arraigned on Monday and is due back in court next month.

The judge held him on a $100,000 cash bail.