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Arizona man, 59, 'caught trying to kidnap baby in shopping cart'

An Arizona chef has been arrested after surveillance footage shows him allegedly trying to kidnap an infant in the checkout line of a local grocery store.

The alleged incident took place at the Bashas’ supermarket in Flagstaff on Thursday morning.

According to Flagstaff police, a woman was buying groceries at the self-checkout line while a man who was in a nearby checkout aisle completed his own purchase of items.

The man is then caught on film taking the woman’s shopping cart while her infant child was still inside. The woman was facing the electronic cashier screen as the man attempted to abduct her child.








A man was caught on film trying to kidnap an infant that was inside a shopping cart while the mother (left) had her back turned toward the checkout counter at Bashas' supermarket in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Thursday morning

A man was caught on film trying to kidnap an infant that was inside a shopping cart while the mother (left) had her back turned toward the checkout counter at Bashas’ supermarket in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Thursday morning

The man is seen above just before grabbing the cart as the mother (bottom left) pays for her items

The man is seen above just before grabbing the cart as the mother (bottom left) pays for her items

Before the man could leave the store with the baby, the woman chased him down and stopped him, according to police

Before the man could leave the store with the baby, the woman chased him down and stopped him, according to police

Police said they have arrested Jeffery Roholt, 59, of Flagstaff. When interviewed by investigators, Roholt told them he thought the cart with the infant child inside was his. He has been charged with kidnapping

Police said they have arrested Jeffery Roholt, 59, of Flagstaff. When interviewed by investigators, Roholt told them he thought the cart with the infant child inside was his. He has been charged with kidnapping

Just before the man left the store with the infant, the woman stopped him.

The suspect seen in surveillance video is a white man with brown hair wearing a collared shirt and slacks.

Police said he is 5ft 10in tall and weighs 160 pounds.

The man left the supermarket after paying with a debit card. Police then used the debit card information to track him down a few hours later, according to Fox 10 TV.

According to his Facebook page, Roholt is a chef who studied at the Culinary Institute of America

Roholt¿s LinkedIn page indicates that he worked for Remington Hotels as an executive chef

According to his Facebook page, Roholt is a chef who studied at the Culinary Institute of America. Roholt’s LinkedIn page indicates that he worked for Remington Hotels as an executive chef

Public records indicate that Roholt was arrested two years ago and charged by authorities in Maricopa County with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping

Public records indicate that Roholt was arrested two years ago and charged by authorities in Maricopa County with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping

Police said they have arrested Jeffery Roholt, 59, of Flagstaff.

When interviewed by investigators, Roholt told them he thought the cart with the infant child inside was his. He has been charged with kidnapping.

According to his Facebook page, Roholt is a chef who studied at the Culinary Institute of America.

Roholt’s LinkedIn page indicates that he worked for Remington Hotels as an executive chef.

Roholt attended the University of Utah between 1981 and 1983, according to the LinkedIn page.

He holds an associate’s degree in culinary arts and chef training from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris.

Public records indicate that Roholt was arrested two years ago and charged by authorities in Maricopa County with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.  

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