Crime

Woman who tried to kidnap child a week ago is captured same day police ask public for help

Miami police are asking for the public’s help in finding this woman, suspected of trying to kidnap a child last week from a photo gallery in the Design District.
Miami police are asking for the public’s help in finding this woman, suspected of trying to kidnap a child last week from a photo gallery in the Design District.

Last week, the owner of a popular Design District photo gallery thwarted a kidnapping attempt and Monday, a week after the failed abduction, police asked the public to help identify the woman.

Hours later, police said, the woman, identified as Katherine E. Hatcher, 50, was taken into custody. An anonymous call, police said, led officers to Hatcher, who according to her arrest report resides at Camillus House, a Miami nonprofit that cares for the homeless. She faces a charge of kidnapping, records show.

Police say the arrest stemmed from an incident last week when a 6-year-old child was visiting the gallery owner’s daughter at Swampspace Gallery at 3940 N. Miami Ave. At one point, a woman unknown to anyone at the studio entered through an open back door.

She was asked to leave the gallery. But before leaving, police said, the woman grabbed the child by the arm and began to walk away with him.

Unsure if the woman was related to the child, the gallery owner approached the woman outside the gallery, snatched the child back and contacted security. By the time police got there, the woman was gone. The victim, according to the report, told officers that the woman said something about taking him to his parents.

On Monday morning police released two pictures of the woman walking outside the gallery. By early evening, police said she had been taken into custody.

The gallery owner and the victim were able to identify her in a photo lineup, police said.

Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.

Chuck Rabin, a veteran reporter at the Miami Herald since 1981, covers cops and crime.


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