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Witnesses describe attempted child abduction

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police took a man into custody after an attempted child abduction in Northwest Portland Wednesday afternoon.

Officers were called to a report of three people arguing and a child crying near Northwest 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy Street just after 4 p.m., according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Witnesses and the mother of the child told detectives that as the pair walked along, a man came up to them, pushed the mother down to the ground and tried to grab the child.

He claimed the child belonged to another family, Simpson said, though the man was a stranger to the mother.

The 2-year-old child was not physically hurt. Simpson credited bystanders who stopped and helped.

The passersby forced the suspect away from the mother and child and he fled. He was later spotted in the neighborhood by patrol officers, Simpson said.

Matthew Lee Edwards, 23, was accused of first-degree attempted kidnapping.

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