CRIME

Police say Maine museum receptionist foiled abduction of 2-year-old girl

This undated booking photo released by the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Maine, shows James Cavallaro of Bath, arrested after he attempted to grab a 2-year-old girl at the Maine State Museum Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Two Bridges Regional Jail)

This undated booking photo released by the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Maine, shows James Cavallaro of Bath, arrested after he attempted to grab a 2-year-old girl at the Maine State Museum Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Two Bridges Regional Jail)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a Maine man was arrested after a museum employee thwarted his attempt to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building.

Police say the girl was at the Maine State Museum on Tuesday with her grandmother, who had turned her back to hang up coats. Police say a museum receptionist saw 58-year-old James Cavallaro grab the girl. They say the receptionist intervened, causing him to release her.

Police say they arrested Cavallaro in the Augusta museum's parking lot without resistance.

Cavallaro, of Bath, was charged with assault and violating his conditions of release. He had been out on bail on an unrelated charge.

A phone number for Cavallaro was disconnected. It is unclear if he has an attorney. Police say he is now at the Kennebec County Jail.