“They got him down, but the whole time he was just yelling out loud, ‘Save the girl, I need to save her,'” Riley told Los Angeles’s KABC. Riley said it appeared McLaurin-Nelson was on drugs.
McLaurin-Nelson moved to California three years ago from Las Vegas and is believed to be homeless, the Los Angeles Police Department said, according to the outlet. His arrest record in both states includes battery, indecent exposure, and disorderly conduct.
He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of attempted kidnapping and one count of resisting or obstructing police, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
His Bail was set at $160,000. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 20.