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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The man accused of trying to kidnap a 7-year-old girl in north Charlotte over the weekend appeared in court Thursday.


According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Matthew Alejandro Cruz, 18, did not live at the same apartment complex where the attempted abduction took place -- the Long Creek Club -- but he did live nearby.

On Tuesday, an alert resident of Long Creek Club noticed Cruz back in the complex and called 911. Cruz then ran from the complex but police caught up with him across the street and arrested him.

Police said Cruz grabbed the girl Saturday while she played, picked her up and ran behind an apartment building. The child screamed for help and was released. She was not injured.

He s charged with second degree kidnapping.

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