Maine State Museum staff prevent abduction of 2-year-old


AUGUSTA — Police arrested a Bath man Tuesday morning after an attempted abduction of a 2-year-old girl at the Maine State Museum

Capitol Police charged James Cavallaro, 58, with assault and violating his conditions of release. Cavallaro is being held at the Kennebec County Jail.

Museum staff called the police just after 11 a.m. with a report that a man grabbed a girl and tried to leave the building with her. A museum receptionist said the girl was released after she saw the incident and intervened.

The girl was with her grandmother — who turned to hang up coats in the museum’s coat room — when the incident took place. Capitol Police found Cavallaro in the parking lot and took him into custody without resistance. Cavallaro was out on bail on an unrelated charge from Sagadahoc County.

Capitol Police is the bureau of the Maine Department of Public Safety that provides security and police services to the State House and other state buildings around Augusta.