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Thursday February 7, 2013

LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Says He’s Obama and Attempts to Abduct Children

LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Says He’s Obama and Attempts to Abduct Children

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A Florida man was arrested on Saturday after police say he attempted to abduct 2 children at a playground.

Bienvenido Cintron, 34, allegedly tried to grab Sharaya Smith’s 4-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son from Lake Lisa Park in New Port Richey, after exiting nearby woods yelling, “I am Obama,” and holding a bible.

Cintron was also ranting about being sent by God to “rid the country of drug dealers and prostitutes.” That is when he spotted Smith and the children. He approached them and called the boy a drug dealer and the girl a prostitute.

Smith tried to get the children away from Cintron, but says he knocked her down. She yelled for help and that is when a nearby group of teenaged boys came to her aid and stood around the children, protecting them from Cintron.

The teens escorted Smith and the children to her brother’s vehicle. which had arrived to pick them up, but Cintron followed. As she tried to put Dante into the vehicle, Cintron tried to grab him again. The family was able to get back into the car, and quickly drove off. Smith called the police and told them that as she drove off, she saw Cintron walking towards the teenagers that had helped her.

Smith also told police that the very boys who helped her, were the ones she recognized chastising earlier in the day for cursing in front of the children and being too rowdy.

Police located Cintron a few hours after the incident with Smith. He had cuts and bruises on his face as well as a swollen jaw and a bloody nose. He had actually called police to say he had been beaten up by a group of teenagers.

Cintron was arrested on kidnapping and auto burglary charges.

Smith says she is grateful to those boys and says it serves as a reminder to never judge a book by its cover.

Cintron was being held at Land O’ Lakes jail.