Woman arrested in connection with attempted Georgetown kidnapping

WASHINGTON — A woman has been arrested in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a 6-year-old girl in front of her home Tuesday in Georgetown.

D.C. police said Suzanne Purdy, 37, faces a kidnapping charge after allegedly attempting to grab the girl on Jan. 15 from outside her home in the 2800 block of Dumbarton Street and lure her away with an offer of cotton candy.

The girl had just been dropped off from school by a nanny, who screamed upon witnessing the attempted kidnapping, the police said. The victim broke free, police said, and Purdy tried to flee down Dumbarton Street.

“The caretaker was able to intervene, and prevented the child from being injured, and prevented the child from being taken,” Police Chief Peter Newsham said. Police had released a still image from surveillance footage in a nearby store showing a person of interest wearing a white coat.

On Wednesday, Newsham said a woman had been immediately arrested on a different charge and questioned after the incident.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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