MARION – Marion police Monday morning arrested a man at the Marion Kroger for attempted vehicle hijacking and aggravated battery.
Police responded to an incident at the Kroger gas station where there were several reports of a African-American man looking into several vehicles and trying to get car keys from a female victim. The potential victim fought back and after a brief struggle, the suspect, identified as 49-year-old Frederick J. Todd of the Madison County/St. Clair County area, walked away from her.
The victim suffered cuts to her hand but did not require medical attention at the time of the incident.
This incident was originally reported as an attempted child abduction, however, video and an investigation showed this was an individual looking to commit a vehicle theft.
An investigation is ongoing.