LAUREL, Md. — Police in Maryland say they have arrested a man accused of trying to kidnap a 7-year-old girl playing in a yard.

The Prince George’s County Police Department said in a news release that 38-year-old Bernard Alexander was charged with attempted kidnapping and related charges.

The news release said that officers were called around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say the girl told officers that the suspect approached her while she was playing in the front yard and attempted to lead her away by the hand.

Other children in the neighborhood began yelling and got the attention of the girl’s father, according to the news release. The father subdued the suspect until officers arrived.

A phone listing for Alexander found in public records had been disconnected.

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