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Herbert Childs’ booking photo (Courtesy: San Joaquin County Sheriff)


An 11-year-old’s birthday party was cut short over the weekend, after a man allegedly tried to kidnap three young girls.

Witnesses said 33 year-old Gerald Herbert Childs hopped over the fence to get into the Outrigger Apartments off North Pershing Avenue.

He allegedly began to bother residents, including people at 11 year-old Esmeralda’s birthday bash.

Residents told FOX40 he began to “growl” while trying to hit adults, kick down doors, and grab three girls, including the birthday girl.

While Esmeralda’s mother locked all the kids inside, her father ran after Childs. The foot pursuit ended at L&L Hawaiian BBQ, right across the street.

“My dad chased him off to the Hawaiian Store, so when the police came, they already had him,” Esmeralda said.

Stockton Police has not announced if drugs or alcohol were a factor in Child’s alleged behavior.

Childs is booked on several counts of attempted kidnapping, and annoying or molesting a child. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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