OAKLAND -- A 30-year-old man has been arrested on an attempted kidnapping charge for allegedly grabbing a 6-year-old boy at a bus stop after asking the child for a high five, police said.

Authorities say Kaechan Saechao, of Oakland, grabbed the boy on the arm in a parking lot near Highland Hospital around 7 a.m. Wednesday. The boy clung to a bench, as his mother confronted Saechao, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

Saechao let go after a tug-of-war with the mother, and then yelled and fought with arriving officers, Kelly said.

He was handcuffed after a brief struggle, according to police. Saechao also allegedly spit out paper as officers arrived. A test of the paper found it was laced with methamphetamine, Kelly said.

Saechao, who Kelly says has a local criminal history, was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, abuse of a child, and felony battery on a police officer. The child was not injured.

Police have been searching the city for eight days after the disappearance of a 21-month-old girl, Daphne Webb, after her father left her in a car with a disabled elderly relative in East Oakland on July 10. Witnesses in that case described an unidentified woman who may have been near the scene of the disappearance with a child Webb's age.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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