Frightening video shows an Ohio man suspected of attempting to kidnap a child from a kindergarten lunging at an officer in the interrogation room and trying to stab him in the neck with a pen.
Reid Duran, 35, was arrested last week after allegedly posing as a parent during an open house at Saint Brigid School in Xenia.
The school’s principal spotted Duran acting in an odd manner on the premises and called 911 to report a trespasser, telling the dispatcher that the intruder was “posing a threat,” reported the station WHIO.
Officers who responded to the school questioned Duran in the parking lot. The man was said to have initially offered an array of explanations for his attending the open house but eventually admitted his plan to lure a young child with drug-laced candy, police said.
Duran agreed to come down to the local police station for an interview and was sitting in an interrogation room when the pen attack occurred.
Surveillance video from the room shows Duran sitting in a swivel chair, before suddenly grabbing a pen from the table in front of him and charging officer Nicholas Peters, “with the sharp end pointed at the neck and face area” of the cop, according to court documents.
Peters is seen pushing the pen-wielding suspect to the floor and quickly gaining the upper hand during the ensuing struggle.
“Put your hands behind your back now,” Peters orders Duran. “Are you f—ing kidding me right now?”
Duran has been charged with attempted kidnapping, felonious assault and escape, reported Dayton247Now.
According to police, Duran told detectives that he had plotted to abduct a five-year-old girl from the school, after offering her Starburst candy coated with a tranquilizer, “to obtain sexual favors.”
Duran also allegedly claimed that he preferred children younger than 13 years old and had child pornography on his computer, according to Fox 19.
Xenia police said in a statement that no tranquilizers were detected on candy that was found in Duran’s possession at the time of his arrest, and that the man did not offer sweets to anyone at the school.
Duran is currently being held in the county jail without bond.
Duran’s family spoke to NBC News on Friday, claiming that the 35-year-old has been suffering from schizophrenia for several years, but that he has never been violent towards others.
“He’s very gentle and considerate to others,” Roy Duran said of his jailed younger brother. “The harm is always insular and against himself.”
The man’s mother, Melissa King, said that what she has seen in the interrogation room surveillance footage was unlike her son.
“I think he began to feel scared and he’s cornered,” she said. “I just know he’s not in his right mind. He needs psychiatric help.”