BOWDOINHAM — State Police say a former Waterville man remains behind bars following a bizarre incident last week in Bowdoinham in which he tried to kidnap a two-year-old boy from his grandmother at the park and ride along Interstate 295.

James Graham, 30, who grew up in the Waterville area and is believed to be a Waterville Senior High School graduate, currently lives in Newmarket, NH. He is being held in lieu of bail at the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset on charges of attempted kidnapping and assault .

Troopers said Graham was taken into custody on May 22 along the Interstate south of Brunswick after police were called by the victim’s mother and grandmother who reported the incident.  The two women encountered Graham at the park and ride about 8 p.m. where the women meet daily to exchange the boy with each other. Graham attempted to grab the boy but was fended off by the grandmother, who sought refuge in a vehicle. Graham then drove off, but caught up with the women a second time when he began following them south along the Interstate.

Troopers found a loaded handgun in his vehicle, along with cable ties, knives and a parachute cord.

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