Police arrested a transient Saturday after he attempted to abduct an 8-year-old child near the Lafayette Library but was stopped by a parent that morning.
Ralph Grohs, a 57-year-old transient who frequents the Lafayette area, was located around 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lafayette Library on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, according to police.
Police began a search for a suspect after a parent reported a man attempting to grab her 8-year-old child in Lafayette this morning.
The parent said a disheveled looking man held out his hand to grab the child's hand around 11:30 a.m. on Golden Gate Way near the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Police Chief Eric Christensen said.
The parent called her child over, and the man began to approach them.
Feeling threatened, the parent ran away and the man followed. When the parent entered a business, the suspect attempted to follow her inside but the door was closed against him, Christensen said. He then fled the area.
While the suspect's exact intentions remained somewhat unclear, "I'd much rather err on the side of caution," Christensen said that afternoon as police searched the area.
Officers arrested Grohs without incident and later booked into the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez on an attempted kidnap charge and a probation violation.
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