Two Men Tried To Buy A Woman's Toddler For $100 At A Grocery Store
Two men allegedly approached a mother in a grocery store and asked if they could buy her 2-year-old son for $100. The woman was shopping last night at around 6:30 p.m. at Baja Ranch Market at 425 S. Citrus Ave. in Covina, KTLA repots. A man walked up to the woman as she was checking out and told her that she and her son were beautiful. He then asked, "Can I buy your son?" The woman told him no, and the man continued to compliment her son's attractiveness. A witness told KTLA that she also heard this exchange.
The woman said she waited until the man had left the store before venturing out to her car. However, the man pulled up to her in the parking lot, this time with a second man in the car. He began talking about her son's appearance again and making the same offer. He then got out of the car with a $100 bill in hand and said, "Go ahead and take it. Just take it." The other man tried to coerce her into the deal as well. Eventually, the man dropped the money into her shopping cart, then got back in the car and drove away.
Covina police believe this was an attempt at human trafficking.
The men can be seen on video surveillance from the grocery store. The first man is described as Hispanic, about 45, 5'8" and 200 pounds. He was wearing jeans and a brown, button-down shirt. The second man is described as black, in his 50s, 6' and 215 pounds. He was wearing tan pants and a white, long-sleeve shirt. The car is described as a champagne-colored Honda Pilot.
Anyone with information should call Covina police detective bureau at 626-384-5612. Anonymous tipsters can call 800-222-8477.