Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Kidnap Child in Grocery Store

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Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Kidnap Child in Grocery Store
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday, August 7th, at about 4:45 p.m., Deputies responded to the Albertsons grocery store in Buellton to investigate a report of an incident involving a 2-year-old child. 

Deputies learned an adult male, later identified as 56-year-old William “Bill” Henderson, had removed a 2-year-old child from inside a shopping cart and started walking toward the exit.  The parent of the 2-year-old child stopped the suspect and the suspect released the child before leaving the store.  The 2-year-old child and parent were clearly distraught over the incident.

On Tuesday, August 13th, at about 7:15 p.m. Deputies arrested Henderson, the owner of a local transportation business.  He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for violations of 207 PC – Kidnapping and 273a(b) PC – Misdemeanor Child Endangerment.  Henderson’s bail is set at $100,000.

Deputies are looking for additional witnesses to the incident on August 7th and they are concerned there might be other incidents involving Henderson that have not been reported to law enforcement.  If you are a witness to the incident on August 7th, or have information related to the investigation, you are asked to please call the City of Buellton Sheriff’s Station at 805-686-8150.  To leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171 or go to our website at  https://www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.

The City of Buellton contracts with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

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Bird Aug 16, 2019 06:52 AM
Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Kidnap Child in Grocery Store

It is possible that he thought the child was unattended and wanted to help. Isn’t it so that you have to leave the store with the item before being guilty of theft? To accuse someone of pedophilia is much more serious and should be said only when there is some evidence.

a-1569316998 Aug 17, 2019 07:53 AM
Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Kidnap Child in Grocery Store

Ryan93105 - The toddler was NOT wandering around in the store. The toddler was inside a grocery cart next to his mother who was at the register. Bill Henderson picked the child out of the cart and walked towards the exit. The mother (who was right there) saw it and ran after them.

Ryan93105 Aug 16, 2019 11:43 PM
Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Kidnap Child in Grocery Store

I don't see a charge of molestation or pedo'ing, just kidnapping. If this were to happen, the better course of action would be to pause in the aisle you encounter the unattended child, see if a parent comes back, if not, maybe check the next aisle in each direction over, if no one appears to be the child's caretaker, notify store personnel so they can either do an announcement or go check on the kid. If it were me I'd wait a minute or two, then start loudly stating "UNATTENDED TODDLER IN AISLE TWO". But not out of fear of kidnapping, but more out of fear of the kid being left alone at the grocery store intentionally, like what happened to Punky Brewster.

a-1569316998 Aug 15, 2019 05:19 PM
Man Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Kidnap Child in Grocery Store

Horrifying. It's so wonderful that things turned out well. Let's hope the child has no memory of this. I hope the parents and everyone else know enough not to make a big drama out of it in front of him/her. And I bet the mother won't make this same mistake again, not keeping a good eye on her toddler. It only takes a few moments of being distracted to give a monster or monsters the opportunity to steal a child.

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