Jun 13, 2024

RCPD: Baby injured, man jailed after attempted child abduction

Posted Jun 13, 2024 2:00 PM

RILEY COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating an attempted child abduction and have made an arrest.

Just after 1pm. Wednesday, police responded to a reported attempted child abduction outside of So Long Saloon in the 1100 block of Moro Street in Manhattan, according to a media release from the Riley County Police Department.

When officers arrived on the scene the manager identified the suspect as Jonathan Valentine, 43, of Manhattan.

Witnesses reported the subject aggressively claimed a child did not belong to the child's guardian and attempted to forcibly take the 7-month-old, causing a minor injury to the child.

Officers quickly detained the Valentine and arrested him on a requested charge of attempted aggravated kidnapping. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.