Australian DJ Roscoe Holyoake faces kidnap charge in US

Australian DJ Roscoe Holyoake faces kidnap charge in US

Mr Holyoake allegedly tried to run away, but was chased and apprehended by bystanders until police arrived.

A prominent Perth DJ and community radio presenter has been arrested in San Francisco and charged with kidnapping a two-year-old boy as the child was walking along a street with his mother.

On Monday, police identified the suspect as Roscoe Bradley Holyoake of East Victoria Park, Australia. She was holding her son's hand and carrying a baby in a front pack.

Bystanders described to San Francisco TV station KTVU how Holyoake had the toddler in his arms and the mother, who was screaming "police, police, help me", refused to let her son go.

Mr Walker, a dentist, said he and other bystanders chased after Holyoake on foot.

Initial reports were quick to say that the suspect looked "clean cut", and Orphan Andy's owner Bill Piung said, "The suspect was someone you would never give a second look to".

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Mr Holyoake is a Perth DJ, known professionally as DJ Roski, who at one point was on the board of Pride WA.

She said she struggled with him and freed the boy from his grasp.

Assistant District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told the court the boy's mother was pushing a stroller on San Francisco's 17th Street with her young son following closely behind her, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

"Out in broad daylight, when it's so crowded, this was a very, very scary experience", Ms Walker said.

According to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, Holyoake is being held in a county jail on a charge of kidnapping with the bond set at $US500,000.

He has worked as a DJ at Connections Nightclub in Perth and recently played at a wrap party for comedian Tim Minchin's new mini-series Upright.

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