MARTINEZ -- The homeless Antioch man accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl, who in a flurry of jailhouse interviews has admitted taking her, was charged Wednesday with six felony counts, including one count of forcible lewd acts upon a child.
Antioch police said David Douglas, 43, also faces charges of kidnapping for sexual purposes with the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon, three counts of attempted kidnapping for sexual purposes and one count of possession of material depicting someone under 18 engaging in sexual activity.
Douglas's bail has been set at $7.15 million -- up from the original $4 million bail set when he was booked Saturday at the County Jail in Martinez.
Douglas's arraignment, which had been scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon, was delayed for a week.
Until late Wednesday, police would neither confirm nor deny they were investigating possible sex crimes relating to the 7-year-old's kidnapping, but they did say it was routine to determine whether that type of crime occurred in these circumstances.
On Wednesday, Douglas appeared in court for the first time and told the judge he agreed to postpone his arraignment by a week. When the judge asked him if he had any questions, Douglas replied, "I don't think so." A public defender accepted his case during the brief hearing, attended by a group of Antioch police officers.
In his jailhouse interviews with reporters, Douglas -- who had no prior criminal record in Contra Costa County -- said he did not assault the girl during the approximately four hours after he kidnapped her as her mother unloaded groceries from their car outside their south Antioch home. Police and Douglas say he followed the mother and daughter to their home after watching them in an Antioch Walmart parking lot.
Douglas told reporters he tried to calm the girl down, buying her fast food and eventually parking at the Antioch Marina, where he said she fell asleep.
Police quickly rescued the girl after an alert Pittsburg Target employee recognized him in the Amber Alert description as a man who had been acting strangely at her store the morning of the abduction. She had jotted his license plate number down and given it to police, who then identified Douglas. Officers found him near the marina, where he was known to sleep in his car since being kicked out of his family's house.
The out-of-work, single father said he kidnapped the girl as a "call for help," because he was stuck in a "situation."
Police have said Douglas also identified in another unsuccessful kidnapping attempt earlier Friday, but would not specify where. The day before, Douglas also attempted to kidnap another little girl at the same Antioch Walmart, the police chief said the night of the 7-year-old's abduction. In that instance, he tried to grab a child while posing as a social worker.