Niagara police have arrested a Pelham man following an attempted abduction at a Zellers store in Welland.
Police were called at around 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon to the store at Seaway Mall.
Investigators say a woman was holding her 5-year-old son's hand as she was shopping for Christmas gifts in the toy section when she felt tugging on her grasp of her son.
She turned around to find a man pulling on her son's other hand in an attempt to take him from her.
The mother yelled at the man, who fled, but was caught by the child's father.
The man was turned over to Zeller's management, who escorted him to the parking lot, but he fled on foot.
Police later arrested the suspect.
Charged with abduction of a person under fourteen years of age is 44-year-old Steven Hozjan.