- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

BARBOURSVILLE — Police say a man was trying to abduct a child at a mall when the mother stopped him by pulling out a gun.

Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, 54, of Alexandria, Egypt, was arraigned Monday night in Cabell County Magistrate Court on a felony charge of attempted abduction.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman was shopping with her 5-year-old daughter at the Huntington Mall in Barboursville when a man grabbed the girl by the hair and tried to pull her away.

Police said the mother pulled out a gun and told the suspect to let go of the child.

The man released the child and later was detained by mall security and Barboursville police near a food court.

Mr. Zayan was being jailed on $200,000 cash bond.

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