Police have arrested a 29-year-old Antioch man suspected of grabbing a 9-year-old boy at Turner Elementary School in June, Antioch police Lt. Leonard Orman said today.The man, whose name has not been released, might also be the same man who was seen in the bathroom of Antioch Middle School on Dec. 7, Orman said.The arrest came Tuesday after Antioch police received a call from a staff member at the Holy Rosary School at 1313 A St. reporting a trespasser on the campus.Police responded and apprehended the suspect a block from the school and he was identified as the man seen on campus, Orman said. He was taken to the police station for questioning, where he claimed he was on the campus looking for a job washing dishes, and he denied ever being on the campus of Antioch Middle School, police said.He was, however, identified as the same man who grabbed a 9-year-old boy at Turner Elementary School in June, police said.In that case, a man grabbed the boy’s arm as he was coming out of a bathroom. The boy pushed the man, got away and immediately reported the crime, Orman said.The incident at Antioch Middle School happened at about 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 when a man entered the boy’s bathroom and frightened a male student. The man did not say anything to the boy and didn’t touch him, Orman said, but the boy was frightened and reported the incident to the school.
Investigators were working today to determine whether the man they arrested at the Holy Rosary School could be that same man, Orman said.The man in custody has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing on school property in connection with the Holy Rosary School incident, and on suspicion of attempted kidnapping in connection with the Turner Elementary School case, Orman said.Police plan to present the case to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office Thursday, Orman said.