A woman from the Mission was robbed of a pleasant Mother’s Day after another woman attempted to kidnap her two-month-old baby near Natoma and 14 streets.
On Sunday, May 14 at approximately 6:20 p.m. Diamond Harris, a 23-year-old woman from Pleasant Hill, attempted to snatch a baby from its stroller, growling as she approached the infant and its mother.
A neighbor’s security camera recorded footage of Harris loitering on Natoma Street prior to the incident. Another neighbor, Rex Moore, noticed what was happening and promptly stepped in.
In an interview with ABC 7 news Moore said, “There was an object in my hand to let her know, ‘You’re not going to take the baby. You need to move down and get off my street.’”
Harris is currently unhoused and was apparently with three other people when the attempted kidnapping occurred. Moore said he believes Harris was under the influence of drugs at the time.
The police booked Harris at the San Francisco County jail, a process in which the police retrieves more information about the suspect until they are placed in a holding cell. He faces potential felony charges of kidnapping and child endangerment, as well as a misdemeanor charge of giving false information to an officer. The three other people with Harris were not held by the police after further investigation.
The baby was unharmed after the altercation, but taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The neighbor who caught the suspect on film, Patricia Morazan-Moore, cites this as one of many examples of the worsening confrontations with the homeless on her street in the Mission.
“We have vandalism. We had people masturbating, urinating, defecating, encampments. Nothing is being done,” Morazan-Moore told ABC 7 news.
As we’ve previously reported, Morazan-Moore has echoed some concerns of acting Mayor Mike Farrell, who last month called for removal of tent encampments in the city. However, just days before this kidnapping, Farrell announced a $29 million budget to improve homeless services and provide more shelters and affordable housing for the homeless.
Out of all the districts in S.F., the Mission is one that may encompass the largest homeless population. The increasing rate of homelessness is causing desperate and creative solutions, such as converting a school as shelter for students and their families.
Homelessness remains as an essential issue for the upcoming election. Just as Farrell’s changing stances demonstrates, it can be difficult to navigate between the S.F. residents that want to be firmer on the homeless population and those who believe more services need to be established to assist them.