Perth DJ Roscoe Holyoake faces court on child kidnapping charges

Perth DJ Arrested In San Francisco After Allegedly Trying To Kidnap Toddler

Perth DJ Arrested In San Francisco After Allegedly Trying To Kidnap Toddler

A prominent Perth DJ and community radio presenter has been arrested in San Francisco and charged with kidnapping a two-year-old boy as the child was walking along a street with his mother. Then, a half block away, Holyoake abruptly stopped, the Walkers said, put the child down, smiled at onlookers, and began sprinting off. Adam Walker tells ABC 7, "Without thinking I took off running after him".

Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, a 34-year-old from Perth known as DJ Roski, has been charged with kidnapping and child endangerment after he was caught by bystanders.

The alleged attempted abduction was reported by the boy's mother, who said she fought with Mr Holyoake to release the boy.

Walker, a dentist, said he and other bystanders chased after Holyoake on foot.

Holyoake gave up after a short chase, the dentist said.

Holyoake appeared briefly in court Tuesday and was ordered to return Thursday to enter a plea.

Australia media reports Holyoake is a popular disc jockey.

Holyoake's court-appointed lawyer, Stephen Olmo, said the Australian did not have a criminal record.

He was also a board member of Pride WA for two years before standing down in February.

In December, he performed at the wrap party for entertainer Tim Minchin's new mini-series Upright, describing it on his website as an "absolute pleasure".

The DJ, who first began as a lighting technician for drag shows, was a radio presenter for the All Things Queer segment on RTRFM.