Indian national accused of trying to kidnap Shelby Twp. toddler - New York News

Indian national accused of trying to kidnap Shelby Twp. toddler

Posted: Updated:
Jameskutty Varghese Jameskutty Varghese
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

Britteny Wrobel said she was walking with her one-year-old son behind her apartment near 22 Mile and Shelby Road Saturday when she was approached by a man.

"He was all nice at first," she explained. "Then he walked over and grabbed him up and took off."

Wrobel said she ran after the man and grabbed her baby back out of his arms. She immediately called police, who arrested the suspect.

"It was really good that I got him back, but it could have been worse," she said.

Jameskutty Varghese, a 47-year-old Indian national, was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to an attempted kidnapping charge.

The suspect's interpreter believes the allegations stem from a cultural misunderstanding.

"From what I understand, it is a cultural thing. When he saw a small baby, he just waved to the baby, and that's what he was trying to tell me. So he really didn't intend to do anything," he said.

Varghese's bond was set at $500,000. He is locked up in the Macomb County Jail and will be back in court on August 19 for a preliminary exam.

If convicted, Varghese could lose his green card and be deported.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: August 29, 2014

    Friday Night Live: August 29, 2014

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:14:33 GMT

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Electric Zoo Festival, Beth Shak, Richard Albrecht, Kathy Wakile, and Moses Laboy .

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Electric Zoo Festival, Beth Shak, Richard Albrecht, Kathy Wakile, and Moses Laboy .


  • Cocktails with Moses Laboy

    Cocktails with Moses Laboy

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:49:46 GMT
    Mixologist Moses Laboy came to Friday Night Live to mix up some cocktails to get us started on the holiday weekend. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Laboy has mixed drinks at Red Rooster, Los Americanos, Le Colonial NYC, and elsewhere. He has served drinks to President Obama and President Clinton.
    Mixologist Moses Laboy came to Friday Night Live to mix up some cocktails to get us started on the holiday weekend. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Laboy has mixed drinks at Red Rooster, Los Americanos, Le Colonial NYC, and elsewhere. He has served drinks to President Obama and President Clinton.
  • Business is good at Coney Island

    Business is good at Coney Island

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:22:32 GMT
    From the brand-new Thunderbolt roller coaster to the world-famous boardwalk, tourists and business owners alike say Coney Island had a great ride of its own this summer. Toms Coney Island's general manager Vasilios Tourlokas says the mild summer impacted his boardwalk business in the best way possible: a 10 to 15 percent increase.
    From the brand-new Thunderbolt roller coaster to the world-famous boardwalk, tourists and business owners alike say Coney Island had a great ride of its own this summer. Toms Coney Island's general manager Vasilios Tourlokas says the mild summer impacted his boardwalk business in the best way possible: a 10 to 15 percent increase.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices