This still from the mall security video helped lead to the arrest of James Kevin Key (standing in the background wearing a sweatshirt or hooded jacket).
The incident occurred around 2:30pm on Saturday.
The foiled attempt to snatch a two-year-old girl sent a community into tumult after it was revealed that a rented security guard let the alleged kidnapper go. The man was caught on a security camera, according to the Albemarle Police Department, which released two photographs.
The grainy images, released last Tuesday evening, show a tall man walking past a jewelry counter on the afternoon of Saturday, November 24. A prior release indicated that police were looking for a light-skinned, glasses-wearing black male approximately 6'3" tall and weighing between 220 and 235 pounds.
They say he grabbed the girl at Charlottesville Fashion Square but was quickly chased down by the girl's father and then– inexplicably– escorted off the property by security instead of being charged with a felony count of attempted abduction, which is how police now characterize the incident.
Parents and security experts have criticized how the situation was handled, and Fashion Square owner Simon Properties has thus far declined to address the criticism levied at the Pennsylvania-based security firm, AlliedBarton, that it pays to patrol the mall.
Further criticism has erupted over allegations not only of official silence but of outright deleting criticism and questions from the mall's Facebook page. A parent and public relations expert slammed the sanitized Facebook page as a blunder that would compound terror, according to a story in the Daily Progress.