(Des Moines Register) -- A good Samaritan flashed a pistol to stop two people from fighting over a child at a McDonald's on Sunday.
Police arrived at McDonald's, 701 Army Post Road, around 1:20 p.m. on a report of an assault. Two parents were in a "tug-of-war" over their 1-year-old outside the restaurant, according to a police report.
The mother told police at first that she had court documents proving she had custody of her son, but agreed to meet the father for a visitation. After about 30 minutes, the mother tried to leave the restaurant with her son in her arms, the report stated.
The father reportedly ran up behind her, pinning her against the glass to prevent her from leaving. She could feel a knife that was in his pocket, the report stated.
That's when another man, who was walking into McDonald's, intervened. He saw a man put his hands on the woman and pulled out a pistol, pointing it at the ground.
The man had military experience and described himself as a "good Samaritan" who was concerned a physical assault was taking place, the report stated. He had a permit to carry concealed weapons.
The man talked the two parents down, and the woman walked away with the child. The father got into a car and left the scene.
Police located the father, who said he has had custody of the son since he was 12 days old and denied the custody order existed. The two were at McDonald's so he could visit with his son, but the mother suddenly walked off with him, the father told police.
The suspect admitted that he tried to stop her and grabbed at his son, but that he had no intent of assaulting either of them.
The mother later told police she had found the court order for custody of her child and that she wasn't sure whether the man was even the father. She told police the man tried to "kidnap" her son.
No charges have been filed because there were no visible injuries and police have yet to reach all witnesses to the incident, the report stated.