The son of an affluent San Diego businessman has been arrested, accused of grabbing a student who was walking on a Solana Beach schoolyard and attempting to abduct her, officials announced Thursday.
Jack Henry Doshay, 22, of Fairbanks Ranch, is the son of one of the owners of the San Diego Padres and, as of Thursday, was in custody and accused in a brazen attempted abduction on the campus of an elementary school.
On March 23, the dismissal bell rang at Skyline Elementary School and a man walked onto the campus, past the administrative office.
As a 7-year-girl walked from class to her after-school program, she was stopped by the man who was holding a roll of packing tape at the time, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
The girl's father would later tell other parents his daughter heard "if you want to see your mommy again" she would do what the man asked.
The father said his daughter's attacker tried to wrap the packing tape around his child's head several times and carry her off.
Instead, she fought back and the man ran off.
On Thursday, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore identified the man in this incident as Doshay. He said Doshay was arrested Wednesday after 7:30 p.m. in Laguna Niguel based on information provided by the suspect’s attorney, Paul Pfingst.
Gore said Doshay lives with his parents in Fairbanks Ranch. NBC 7 has learned Doshay is the son of Glenn Doshay, a San Diego businessman who is a minority stake owner of the San Diego Padres.
Glenn and Karen Doshay are well-known in San Diego as philanthropists. In fact, Jack Doshay was profiled by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2006 for donating $2,000 from his bar mitzvah gifts to a local charity.
Jack and his two brothers attended San Diego Jewish Academy, a private K-12 school on Carmel Creek Road east of Interstate 5 near State Route 56.
NBC 7 stopped by the school to find a holiday baseball tournament taking place. School was not in session. A security guard at the entrance to the school said no members of the media would be allowed access to the property.
Pfingst told NBC 7 that Jack Doshay has no criminal history and was getting treatment for depression in Laguna Niguel when he was arrested.
There were about 150 tips that came into the sheriff’s department from a composite sketch that was released two days after the incident, officials said.
Gore said some of that information led him to Doshay. “His arrest was within a few hours of the arrest warrant being obtained,” Gore said.
When his parents learned Jack had become a person of interest, they hired him, Pfingst said.
Officials said there was no direct connection between the suspect and the victim in the schoolyard abduction attempt.
Doshay’s brother lives near Skyline Elementary School, Gore said.
The girl's parents, Mike and Joy Paeske, attended the briefing Thursday and described their daughter as "our inspiration and our hero."
“This guy messed with the wrong girl and the wrong community," Mike Paeske said. "We are so proud of our daughter for the way she handled the attack.”
Paeske was referring to how his daughter fought off her attacker, screaming and kicking to get the attention of staffers nearby.
Jack Doshay was booked into the Vista jail on felony charges of cruelty to a child, false imprisonment with violence and kidnapping. He will be arraigned Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Vista courthouse.