Neighbor credited with thwarting attempted kidnapping of 5-year-old in Spokane

<p><p>From staff reports</p></p><p><p>The attempted kidnapping of a 5-year-old boy was thwarted Thursday by a quick-thinking neighbor who police are praising for intervening.</p></p><p><p>Officers with the Spokane Police Department say they responded around 5:15 p.m. to the 1600 block of West Mission Ave. for a reported attempted abduction.</p></p><p><p>Witnesses told officers that a man had approached the boy and tried to carry him away, but a “vigilant neighbor” confronted the suspect and yelled at him to stop. The suspect, Felix M. Booth, 35, let the boy go and ran away, officers said.</p></p><p><p>Officers found Booth nearby and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree attempted kidnapping.</p></p><p><p>The boy was not physically hurt, officers said.</p></p><p><p>“A child is home safe with his family tonight due to the vigilance of a neighbor to recognize something was wrong and the courage to confront the suspect,” officers wrote in a press release. “Please take the time to get to know your neighbors. You never know when it may save a life.”</p></p>