Seymour man accused of attempted kidnapping

A Seymour man is being accused of attempting to kidnap a girl last week.

According to the Seymour Police Department, a mother reported to police that a man came around the corner on East Sycamore Road at about 6:05 p.m. in the evening on Friday and attempted to convince her daughter to come with him. The mother said no but the man grabbed the girl. The mom then pulled her daughter free, the man grabbed the girl’s sunglasses and ran from the area.

Police say that they developed a suspect and on Tuesday police took 28-year-old Raul F. Ortega of Seymour in for an interview. He was then arrested on preliminary charges of attempted kidnapping, robbery, theft and battery. The battery charge was elevated to a felony because the victim was younger than 14.