Police: Woman tries to kidnap infant at Oregon City Shari's

Booking photo for Pauline Gaines from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

OREGON CITY, Ore. – A 50-year-old woman was arrested on several charges including attempted kidnapping after police say she tried to take an infant from a family that was eating at an Oregon City restaurant on Saturday night.

Oregon City Police officers arrested Pauline Gaines at about 8 p.m .at the Shari’s on Beavercreek Road.

Ashley Richmond was working as a server when her mother, Loretta Richmond, and her infant son surprised her with a visit.

Ashley says a woman -- later identified as Gaines -- tried to kidnap her infant son right in front of their eyes.

"I've never seen her in my whole life. I had no idea who it was," Ashley Richmond said.

Police arrived at the restaurant and took Gaines into custody; she was later booked into the Clackamas County Jail on harassment, second-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree kidnapping, and a parole violation.

In her court appearance Monday, she was formally charged with disorderly conduct. Her bail was set at $20,000 and she was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Loretta tells KATU the 8-month-old was sitting on her lap when Gaines approached her table and tried to hold her grandson.

When Gaines saw Ashley, Loretta said the situation intensified.

"This lady is just like 'you're the one that killed my son, you killed my son.' she's all like 'that's my baby, give me her' and kept on calling it a her, which it's a boy," said Ashley Richmond.

"It was traumatic for everybody, because you didn't know what she was going to do next," said Loretta Richmond.

Loretta Richmond said they quickly cashed out and ran to their car for safety, but said Gaines followed them. That's when she started threatening Ashley.

"I was nervous, I was scared. Then I felt threatened when she said she was going to taze me, and if she tazed me I would've felt helpless," said Ashley Richmond.

Officers state they received a call about a woman who was threatening to hurt a family if they did not let her have their infant, and arrested Gaines shortly after.

While nothing happened to the baby, the family is being cautious.

The Oregon City Police Department believes this was a mental health-related incident.

Court records show that Gaines has 41 prior convictions, mostly related to charges stemming from drugs and alcohol.

Police commend the family on doing “an excellent job keeping Ms. Gaines from the infant.”

Gaines has a lengthy criminal history, most recently a theft charge last week in Multnomah County.

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