Charges filed against man after attempted abduction report at Kings Pointe
Storm Lake Police are releasing more information about what was reported as an attempted child abduction at Kings Pointe Waterpark Resort Monday night, July 9th.
Police were called to Kings Pointe around 5:30 PM after a witness claimed an unknown man had picked up a small child.
Police met with a woman, saying she was with a 15-month-old child at the resort when she saw a man come up to the child and touch the child’s forehead while the child was lying down.
That's when she claims the man, 36-year-old Pedro Antonio Leiva, picked the child up.
The child’s guardian confronted Leiva, physically taking the child away from him.
Police interviewed witnesses and reviewed security camera video, identifying the suspect as Leiva, of Storm Lake.
Leiva was seen by witnesses going into the water park with an adult woman.
Then, he reportedly looked around and approached the small child.
After the guardian took the child back from him, he walked out of Kings Pointe.
Investigators and more officers were called in to help search for Leiva and make sure the water park area was safe.
After the park was found to be clear of any danger, at approximately 7:30 PM, a Storm Lake Police Officer saw Leiva on a bike in front of the Storm Lake High School.
He was taken into custody without incident.
After an investigation, Leiva is charged with Assault and Public Intoxication (both simple misdemeanors) and was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $600 bond.
Lt. John Bauer, with the Storm Lake Police Department says, “The waterpark staff did an excellent job in following their emergency situation protocols and in quickly securing security camera video that was used to identify the suspect.”
The SLPD was helped by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department and waterpark/resort staff.
Storm Lake Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with an attempted child abduction involving a one-year-old child at Kings Pointe Water Park.
The suspect was arrested near the 600 block of Tornado Drive around 7:30 Monday evening.
Those are all of the details made available this evening. SLPD will released more details Tuesday morning.