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.