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Australia Man accused of kidnapping child in Canberra's CBD faces court

13:08  17 august  2020
13:08  17 august  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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A 26-year-old man is set to face court after allegedly trying to kidnap a five-year-old child in Canberra ' s CBD . Key points: A man with a knife allegedly tried Members of the public grabbed and restrained him before police arrived to arrest him. Accused man faces abduction and weapon charges.

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A man accused of snatching a five-year-old child on a busy Canberra street has been sent to hospital for a mental health assessment.

John Michael Gray, 26, was detained by bystanders after being pursued by them and the child's parents at around 1pm on Saturday.

Police claim Mr Gray didn't know the child who he allegedly grabbed near Petrie Plaza in Civic.

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a person with graffiti on the side of a building: The man allegedly snatched the child from the street and ran into a nearby alley. © Nine News The man allegedly snatched the child from the street and ran into a nearby alley.

The man allegedly fled with the child to a nearby alley, where he was confronted by one of the parents and other members of the public.

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More charges are filed against a man who allegedly tried to kidnap girls walking near schools.

More charges are filed against a man who allegedly tried to kidnap girls walking near schools.

It's alleged he let the child go and dropped a knife before being restrained by the bystanders before police arrived.

Mr Gray faced the ACT Magistrates Court this morning, charged with unlawfully taking a child and possessing a knife without a reasonable excuse.

His lawyer requested he undergo a mental health assessment.

a sign on the side of a building: A man has faced the ACT Magistrates Court today, accused of snatching a five-year-old child on a busy Canberra street. © Jamila Toderas A man has faced the ACT Magistrates Court today, accused of snatching a five-year-old child on a busy Canberra street.

Magistrate James Lawton ordered he be sent to an approved health facility for the purpose of determining whether he has a mental health condition that requires treatment.

He remains in custody and will return to court at a later. He has not yet entered any pleas.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Detective Superintendent Jason Kennedy praised the bystanders who helped make the arrest.

"Police would like to thank the members of the public that assisted the mother of the child and assisted in chasing down the man and getting the child back," Det. Supt Kennedy said.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers.

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