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Man charged with kidnapping after allegedly trying to abduct boy in Lakewood, police say

Lakewood police
Posted at 10:49 PM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 16:28:18-04

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A man has been charged with kidnapping after witnesses said he attempted to abduct a boy at a park in Lakewood.

The incident happened at Madison Park around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police said they received a call about a suspicious man who was possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Another caller told police that the man came up to several groups of people at the park, including some children at soccer practice.

Witnesses told police that a man, later identified as 45-year-old Jeremy McCusker, picked up a boy and attempted to run away with him.

Police said adults who were there quickly intervened and stopped him.

According to police, the child was released unharmed and bystanders restrained the man until officers arrived.

McCusker was arrested and taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

He has been charged with kidnapping.

Bond for McCusker has been set for $250,000.