REDMOND, OR -- A 25-year-old Bend man is accused of trying to grab a three-year-old at the Redmond Airport, Thursday. The child was holding his father's hand when Arnulfo Maldonado Lopez allegedly tried to grab the toddler. He let go after the father threatened the suspect.
While Redmond Police were enroute to Roberts Field, Maldonado reportedly attempted to pass through a TSA check point. Police say he ran around the airport erratically, yelling and screaming, before he was detained by security. They say the man bit a Redmond Police Sergeant on the hand when he attempted to get away from officers. He was restrained using the "WRAP" system. He was later taken to St. Charles Redmond and evaluated before he was booked at the jail. He faces multiple charges, including Kidnapping, Assault of a Public Safety Officer, and Disorderly Conduct.
Investigators say Maldonado did not know the family involved and the child was unhurt. He was also arrested July 28 for allegedly taking a Bend Police officers phone. The man called 911, and while officers tried to help him by using a "language line" service, he took the officer's phone and ran off. He was later caught and the phone returned.