Chicago man charged with attempted kidnapping of toddler in broad daylight has extensive background


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Chicago police have arrested Gerardo Posadas, 25, after footage emerged of him attempting to kidnap a young girl from her mother last week.

The Chicago Police Department has arrested Posadas at least five times, with the first incident dating back to 2014. Surveillance footage showed Posadas approaching a mother and daughter last week, with police saying he had first offered $150 to “buy” the girl.

When the mother refused, Posadas attempted to take the daughter, grabbing her by the hair. The mother pulled her daughter back and was able to escape, and Posadas fled the scene.

Records show Posadas was first arrested in 2014 at the age of 18 for defacing property. He was later arrested again in 2017 for criminal sale or possession of a deadly weapon.

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Three of the four mugshots Chicago police took of Gerardo Posadas. (Chicago Police).
(Chicago Police)

Screen capture showing part of surveillance footage released by police showing an attempted abduction of a 5-year-old girl

Screen capture showing part of surveillance footage released by police showing an attempted abduction of a 5-year-old girl
(Chicago Police Department)

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His next arrest came at the age of 23 in 2020, with cops charging him with reckless driving. His penultimate arrest came in 2021 for domestic assault and bodily harm.

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Posadas was arrested on Friday for aggravated kidnapping. Police released him to the Cook County Jail on Monday, and he is due in court for the first time later Thursday.


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