The attempt by a Texas man to abduct a couple’s two-year-old daughter from their front lawn ended when the child’s mother held a knife to his throat and threatened: ”I will end your life if you do not drop my daughter”
Steven Bayse faces three felony charges including kidnapping, evading arrest with a vehicle, and aggravated assault against a public servant
Bayse, 62, was caught on camera attempting to kidnap a two-year-old girl from her driveway after her family returned from a Walmart shopping trip in Crowley, Texas
Paige Ortiz saw her husband struggling with Bayse and ran out with a kitchen knife to threaten to kill him if he did not leave her daughter alone
Bayse who has a criminal record is was being held at Tarrant County Jail, his bond was set at $125,000
After his foiled attempt at kidnapping a 2-year-old girl in Tarrant County, Texas, Steven Bayse, 62, [photo], was arrested and charged with three felonies including kidnapping, evading arrest with a vehicle, and aggravated assault against a public servant,
A man who brazenly attempted to kidnap a couple’s two-year-old daughter from outside their home in Tarrant County, Texas engaged the child’s father in a struggle which ended when the mom chased him away with a knife while yelling ‘you better put my daughter down or I will end your life.’
Steven Bayse, 62, was arrested by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies following a dangerous car chase, and charged with three felonies including kidnapping, evading arrest with a vehicle, and aggravated assault against a public servant.
He had followed Paige Ortiz and her husband Carlos to their home on Lansman Drive in Crowley, Texas after the family visited a nearby Walmart on Monday, June 5.
‘By the time we made it to our neighborhood, that’s when I told my husband like, ”hey, this man’s following us, like, this isn’t OK”,’ Paige said to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
‘And my husband told me that I was just overreacting, it’s no big deal.’
She had just carried a load of groceries inside when she looked out the window and saw a stranger, later identified as Bayse, grab her two-year-old daughter.
Steven Bayse scoops the toddler and starts heading towards his blue pickup parked across, which is similar to her parents’ vehicle in the driveway
Paige Ortiz was captured on security footage racing out of her home with a knife to help her husband Carlos stop a man from kidnapping their two-year-old daughter from their front yard. The man had followed the couple home after a trip to Walmart on Monday, June 5
Paige Ortiz [backing camera], said holding the knife to the man’s throat she had to choose between ending the kidnapper’s life or saving her daughter’s life. She chose the latter, then called 911
Paige Ortiz was captured on security footage racing out of her home with a knife to help her husband Carlos, stop a man from kidnapping their two-year-old daughter from their front yard in Crowley, Texas on June 5.
Carlos was struggling with the suspect, which is when his wife came running outside with a knife.
‘All I could say was ”you better put my daughter down or I will end your life”,’ she told WFA.
‘I was just screaming and screaming at him. People I think are also questioning why I didn’t kill him.
‘But I only had a certain amount of strength left and I had to make the choice to either pull her from his arms and get her to safety or end his life, and I chose to get her to safety.’
Carlos added: ‘It was a motherly instinct, for sure. I’m glad that it came so naturally, so fast, and so aggressive.’
The girl’s dad, Carlos Ortiz, photo], said he became suspicious when Bayse kept talking about his little girl. He engaged Bayse in a struggle when the suspect abruptly scooped the toddler up and started heading back to his truck, telling Carlos ‘you’re not the father of this child’
Bayse had earlier parked his blue truck across the street from the Ortiz home before approaching Carlos to question him about his truck while Paige carried in the groceries.
He then started to turn his focus to their young daughter.
‘He started seeing my daughter out in the front yard. He was like, ”oh that’s your daughter?” I was like, ”Yes. It is”,’ Carlos explained.
‘He said ”she’s cute, that could be like my Shelby,” that’s when I thought to myself, ”okay, he’s probably talking about a relative, daughter, granddaughter of his,” Ortiz said to NBC5.
Carlos became suspicious when Bayse kept talking about his little girl.
‘He started saying some other things that threw red flags up to me,’ he said. ‘He starts saying things like, ”that could be like Shelby, oh, that’s my truck”.
‘Probably because he had a similar truck to mine. Just a different year, make, and model.’
The suspect then abruptly scooped the toddler up and started heading back to his truck, telling Carlos ‘you’re not the father of this child.’
‘My husband was right on his trail, like trying to like reach out for him and grab our daughter,’ Paige said .
Paige Ortiz had just carried a load of groceries inside when she looked out the window and saw a stranger, later identified as Bayse, scoop her two-year-old daughter and head for his truck which was similar to her own blue truck and packed across her driveway
She said their daughter had not been left alone even for a second before the stranger tried to take her away in front of their eyes.
Paige quickly sprinted out of the house to help her husband stop the would-be kidnapper in his tracks.
‘I was holding his arm then my wife, she had one arm on our kid,’ Carlos said. ‘The other arm with the knife to his neck. Eventually, she was able to pull her out of his arms and runs inside.
Paige held the blade of her knife to the man’s neck, looked him in the eyes and told him she would kill him if he didn’t let her daughter go.
She was able to give deputies the make, model and tag number of the vehicle Bayse was driving.
The suspect refused to pull over when deputies tried to stop him on the road, which led to a high speed chase after he drove off, hit three patrol cars and almost struck a deputy from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.
The Ortiz family home in Lansman Drive in Crowley, Texas where neighbors now say they will be more vigilant about children in the area
Authorities said he stopped several times, acting as if he would surrender and then continued running from deputies. Eventually he pulled into the parking lot of a grocery store and was taken into custody.
He was being held at Tarrant County Jail on three felony charges. His bond was set at $125,000.
Bayse has a criminal record after being hit with mail theft charges in Crowley in a February incident, according to Tarrant County court records. He was convicted on April 19 of one misdemeanor count and was sentenced to 10 days for stealing mail.