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Man arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap child from mother at Tampa hotel

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 02:32:38-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A man was arrested after deputies said he tried to kidnap a child from a hotel room.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said around 9:41 a.m. Sunday, deputies received a call from a mother who said a man entered her Tampa hotel room and tried to take her child.

The suspect picked up the child in front of the mother, however, the woman was able to gain control of her child before he walked out the door.

She escaped with her child and called 911. The suspect then left and ran from the area.

When deputies arrived, they found a man who was hiding in the shrubs of a nearby business park.

The suspect, 24-year-old Gabriel Martin, was arrested.

"Thankfully, the mother and child were not hurt during the course of this incident," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "As a parent myself, I can't imagine the fear this mother was in when the suspect tried to take her child away from her. He will be charged to the fullest extent for his crimes."

Martin is facing kidnapping, burglary of an occupied dwelling with battery and violation of probation.

He was already on probation for possession of MDMA and armed burglary charges out of Manatee County.