UPDATED: Man to face court after child abduction attempt in Civic

Ian Bushnell 16 August 2020

The man has been charged with unlawfully taking a child and possessing a knife without a reasonable excuse. Photo: File.

A 26-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday after a child abduction attempt in Civic on Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to Petrie Plaza about 1 pm after reports that a man had grabbed a five-year-old child who was not known to him.

It is alleged the man ran towards a laneway holding the child as the parent and members of the public chased after them.

Police said the man let go of the child and dropped a knife. Members of the public restrained the man before police arrested him and took him to the ACT Watch House.

The man will face the two charges, unlawfully taking a child and possessing a knife without a reasonable excuse. He has been remanded in custody.


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