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Off-duty Palm Beach County deputy saves 4-year-old from potential kidnapper

A 31-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly broken into a hotel room and then tried to kidnap a 4-year-old child.

The incident was reported on Saturday night at the Hampton Inn at 4817 West Laurel Street.

The Tampa Police Department says the suspect Desmond Johnson, broke into the hotel room and found three children sitting on a bed. Johnson then grabbed the four- year-old and attempted to leave the room. That’s when the mother who was in the bathroom at the time, heard the children’s screams and came out to help.

The mother fought off Johnson and ran down the hall with the children in tow.

Other hotel guest heard the family’s screams and opened their doors to let them inside.  Once the family was inside of another room, Johnson reportedly grabbed the four-year-old again and attempted to pull him outside. The other guest and the mother continued to fight off Johnson until an off-duty Palm Beach County deputy got involved.

The deputy was able to subdue Johnson and hold him until Tampa police arrived.

Johnson has since been charged with two counts of burglary with battery and a count of attempted kidnapping.

According to the report, the mother and Johnson did not know each other before the incident.