Every parent’s worst nightmare was caught on video when a child abductor assaulted a 4-year-old boy in a Florida store and then tried to kidnap him.
Shocking surveillance footage captured the moment that the suspect brazenly attempted to snatch the young child.
The video shows the thug grappling the child by the throat before attempting to flee the store with him.
However, the child’s father spotted what was happening and swiftly stepped in and ended his evil act.
As the video shows, it did not end well for the pervert.
The incident occurred Thursday at CVS Pharmacy on the corner of Collins Avenue and 74 Street in Miami Beach, WPLG reported.
At roughly 11:55 A.M, a mother can be seen entering the store while her son and husband follow behind her.
The child snatcher, later identified as 26-year-old Nicholas Sternaman, then walks in and promptly grabs the child by the throat.
He then lifts the boy off the ground by the neck and attempts to flee the store.
However, as he moves to vacate the premises, the child’s father saves the day.
The father grabs Sternaman, yanks off his jacket, and slugs him once during the scuffle.
The boy falls to the ground, but the mom quickly picks him up and holds him.
Just as the father is about to hit Sternaman again, the creep gives up and leaves the CVS without his jacket.
GOOD JOB, DAD! Father fights off would-be kidnapper who tried to snatch kid inside Miami Beach CVS; the suspect was later arrested pic.twitter.com/YYPvkq9ux2
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According to police, Sternaman later removed his sweater as the father and another witness followed him out of the store.
Sternaman was later arrested by police along Harding Avenue near 71st Street.
WPLG reports Sternaman is facing felony charges of aggravated child abuse and battery.
Sternaman was previously arrested for petit theft on January 3 and was released on a $150 bond.
He is currently being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Thankfully, the child and his family were unharmed.