A Perth DJ and former Pride WA committee member has been arrested in San Francisco and charged with kidnapping and child endangerment after allegedly attempting to snatch a toddler in the street.
Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, known professionally as DJ Roski, allegedly tried to grab the two-year-old boy as the child walked with his mother on Friday afternoon.
The mother claimed she freed the boy from Holyoake but the man allegedly ran away, prompting bystanders to chase him for several blocks and restrained him until police arrived, US media reported.
Local couple Adam and Sabrina Walker told local TV station Fox KTVU they were nearby and watched as Holyoake released the toddler after a struggle, after which they said he smiled and attempted to run.
“Without really thinking too much about it, I took off running after him,” Mr Walker said.
“Once the man saw that he was kind of cornered he just gave up, put his hands in the air and at that point I went and grabbed him and walked him over to the sidewalk.”
In a five-minute court appearance today, a judge set Holyoake’s bail at US$500,000 and placed a restraining order on him to not go within 130 metres of the mother and her child.
The child reportedly suffered minor injuries but the family declined medical attention.
Holyoake’s lawyer Stephen Olmo told 9News he hadn’t yet spoken to Holyoake and the full details of the case were yet to be known.
“It is my understanding he has no criminal record. He’s been in this country many times doing charitable work, DJ work, he was here on business for a few days prior to his arrest,” he said.
“I remind the presumption of innocence. You’ve seen the prosecutor naming the child as a ‘victim’. I object to that. That’s to be determined by a jury if there is a victim.”
Holyoake was a regular DJ at Perth’s Connections Nightclub and other LGBTIQ events across the country, including a recent Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
He was also a volunteer presenter at RTRFM 92.1’s All Things Queer on and off for several years, and was a board member of Pride WA for two years before standing down in February.
Pride WA said in a statement Holyoake’s arrest was “a highly abnormal situation”.
“We appreciate that this is a very concerning time for the alleged victims and Roscoe’s family,” Pride WA said.
“Right now our sympathy is with them during this difficult time.
“The current allegations and reported behaviour appear to be very out of character.
“However we simply do now know enough at this time to provide any further comment.”