An Australian man accused of kidnapping a boy of two made his first appearance in court on Tuesday.
Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, a 34-year-old from Perth known as DJ Roski, was dressed in an orange jumpsuit from prison when he appeared Tuesday in a court in San Francisco accused of kidnapping and child threats.
He was arrested Friday after members of the public, including a dentist, said they heard the boy's mother's screams and chased the Australian.
Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, 34, allegedly picked up the toddler when he was walking with his mother in San Francisco around 12.25 on Friday.
Holyoake, known as DJ Roski, from East Victoria Park in southwest Perth, was arrested and charged with kidnapping
Defense lawyer Stephen Olmo (photo) argued that it is a possible case of & # 39; wrong identity & # 39; and his client was & # 39; in the wrong place at the wrong time & # 39;
Assistant prosecutor Brooke Jenkins told the court that the boy's mother was pushing a stroller on 17th Street in San Francisco, following her young son close behind, the San Francisco investigator reported.
When the mother put her cell phone in her pocket, she reportedly saw Holyoake carrying her son with his arms wrapped around the child's buttocks.
A so-called & # 39; tug of war about the child & # 39; then started between Holyoake and the mother who shouted: & # 39; What are you doing? & # 39;
A local couple, Adam and Sabrina Walker, were close by with their own four-year-old son and told TV station KTVU that they saw Holyoake let go of the boy after the fight, smiled and then tried to run away.
Walker, a dentist, said he and other bystanders followed Holyoake on foot.
& # 39; I think my paternal instincts started and I did what I thought was right, & # 39; Walker said to KTVU.
Holyoake gave up after a brief chase, Walker said.
He raised his hands and said: & # 39; OK, I'm done & # 39; and he does not fight back, did not fight, simply obeyed my orders, walked to the sidewalk and put his hands on the wall and stepped on his knees, & Walker said.
& # 39; He put the toddler down and he smiled at everyone and then started sprinting & # 39 ;, witness Sabrina Walker against media (photo)
Mr. Holyoake (photo) was in the US for business and had been to the country a number of times before, also for charity work, the court heard
Holyoake, held on a $ US500,000 ($ A697,000) bond, will appear before a San Francisco Superior Court judge requesting bail on Thursday.
Stephen Olmo, the court-appointed lawyer for Holyoake, said the Australian did not have a criminal record.
& # 39; He has often been to this country to do charity work, disc jockey work & # 39 ;, Olmo told reporters out of court.
Holyoake, known as DJ Roski, from East Victoria Park in southwest Perth, was arrested and charged with kidnapping on Friday at around 9 p.m.
After Holyoake appeared in court, Mr. Olmo argued that it is a possible case of & # 39; wrong identity & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; Overijse other police work, wrong identity, wrong place wrong time & # 39 ;, his lawyer said to his client about possible defenses.
Olmo said he would not yet see a video evidence that would connect his client to the alleged kidnapping attempt.
Holyoake reportedly grabbed the toddler and ran away at the corner of Markets and 17th Street in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco (photo)
In December last year, Holyoake was a performer for Tim Minchin & # 39; s (shown together) wrap party for his new mini series & # 39; Upright & # 39 ;, an experience he described as an & # 39; absolute pleasure & # 39;
Holyoake was once a member of Pride WA (Western Australia), a lobby group that supports LGBT people, PerthNow reported.
The DJ, who first started as a light technician for drag shows, was a radio presenter for the All Things Queer segment on RTRFM.
If Holyoake is found guilty of allegations of at least ten years in prison, a penalty can be imposed that can be increased if the age of the victim is taken into account.
In December last year, Holyoake was an artist at Tim Minchin's wrap-up party for his new mini-series & # 39; upright & # 39 ;, an experience he described as an & # 39; absolute delight & # 39 ;, reported 9 News.
Holyoake was a radio presenter for the All Things Queer segment (photo) on RTRFM in Perth, Western Australia
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