LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – A registered sex offender was taken into police custody after reportedly trying to kidnap two small children from a park in Lake Elsinore on Monday. 

The frightening incident for parents occurred around 11:30 a.m., reported KABC News.

Police said Marcus Dewitt, 29, tried to grab a 3-year-old boy by the arm while the child was partially inside of a play apparatus at Rosetta Canyon Sports Park. Apparently, he was unable to get a firm grasp on the child due to the child’s positioning on the playground equipment. 

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Marcus Dewitt, 29, a registered sex offender, was captured trying to kidnap children from a playground in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Screenshot KABC)

Yet when Dewitt was unsuccessful in taking that child, he picked up a 4-year-old boy and attempted to flee the area with the child, police said. 

Investigators said the children’s parents saw what was happening. As a result, they chased Dewitt and wrestled the boy away from him. 

After the confrontation, Dewitt tried to get away on foot. Fortunately, a family member of one of the victims subdued him. Moreover, other witnesses and family members also held him down and subdued him until police officers arrived and took him into custody.

The children were not injured in the incident, authorities said. 

Dewitt was set to be booked on kidnapping charges.