LINDA (CBS13) – A Yuba County woman is in custody facing kidnapping charges for trying to take two young children from a Linda apartment complex.
“All I heard was, ‘she got my kids,'” Alicia Motley said.READ MORE: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
Motley is one of the mothers at Yuba Garden apartments in Linda where the scary scene unfolded.
A group of mothers stopped a woman from allegedly kidnapping two young boys, ages 5 and 8.
“There are a lot of children here, and it’s crazy,” Motley said.
One mother told me the alleged kidnapper first led her 5-year-old boy out of the sandbox with his toys and was walking to the parking lot holding his hand when the boy’s mom grabbed her son back and dragged the woman away from the play area.
Minutes later, the same woman allegedly took an 8-year-old boy before another set of mothers grabbed her and then started beating her.READ MORE: Sacramento Kings Tickets Back On Sale, But COVID-19 Guidelines Will Discourage Booing Or Yelling
“And if it was my kid she wouldn’t have been walking,” Motley said. “She would have probably been at an ambulance somewhere.”
The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspect, 37-year-old Shanti Kellett, on a kidnapping charge.
People who live in the Yuba Gardens apartments describe it as a place where everyone knows each other.
“Everybody recognizes, like, when cars come in here, that’s not normally in here, that car is not normally in here, or this person is not normally in here,” O’Shay Turner said.
A stranger allegedly targeted children at the apartment complex and a group of mothers make sure she did not get away.
“Yeah I think they are heroes,” Motley said. “If they weren’t here then those kids would have probably been gone.”MORE NEWS: Placer County Deputy Investigating Mail Theft Finds Out He Himself Was A Victim
Kellett is being held in the Yuba County jail on $500,000 bail.