Bulletin Staff Report
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A Bend man was arrested for kidnapping Thursday after allegedly trying to pull a 3-year-old child from his parents in the Redmond Airport.

After his failed kidnapping attempt, Arnulfo Maldonado Lopez, 25, erratically ran and screamed before trying to pass through a TSA checkpoint. He became combative with airport security, according to Redmond Police, who were called at 6:26 p.m.

Maldonado Lopez then tried to escape responding Redmond Police officers, and bit a police sergeant on the hand. Additional officers arrived and helped restrain Maldonado Lopez in a wrap that is designed to reduce injury to officers and suspects.

The sergeant was treated and released for minor injuries related to the bite.

Maldonado Lopez was arrested and booked on charges of kidnapping, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault of a public safety officer, interfering with police and criminal mischief.

Before being booked, he was transported to the St. Charles Redmond emergency room to be evaluated by medical staff.

Maldonado Lopez, who was a stranger to the parents and child, suddenly grabbed the 3-year-old, who was holding his father’s hand, according to Redmond Police. He attempted to pull the child from his father but then let the child go after the father threatened him, police said.

The child was not harmed.

Maldonado Lopez was previously arrested in Bend on July 28 for stealing an officer’s phone and running away when he asked for help to call 911. The officer caught him and retrieved the phone.

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