LAFAYETTE -- An attempted kidnapping near the city library Saturday spurred an hours long search that resulted in the arrest of the suspect, police said.

Ralph Grohs, a 57-year-old transient who frequents the Lafayette area, was arrested and booked at the County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of attempted kidnapping charges and parole violation after officers found him at the scene of the crime, according to the Lafayette Police Department.

Around 11:30 a.m., Grohs attempted to grab an 8-year-old child on Golden Gate Way near the Lafayette Library, police said. However, the child's alert parent was able to quickly take their child to safety and officers immediately began searching the area.

Around 5 p.m., Lafayette police officers and Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputies found Grohs at the library, which is located on the 3400 block of Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

Grohs was arrested without incident. His is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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