Man Held on $25K for Allegedly Trying to Grab Boy in South Boston

The suspect is accused of grabbing a 12-year-old boy's arm near the bathrooms at Castle Island

A man who allegedly tried to grab a 12-year-old boy during an encounter in South Boston faced a judge Tuesday.

Wilfin Medina, 29, was arrested and charged with assault and battery, breach of the peace and the attempt to commit a crime for the Monday interaction.

State police responded to a call of an attempted abduction at approximately 3:25 p.m. near the bathrooms at Castle Island.

At the scene, a woman told officials that a man who was behaving erratically approached her family. After being asked to leave, the man allegedly grabbed the woman's 12-year-old son by the arm.

The woman says she pushed Medina away and demanded he not touch her son. She says he then walked towards a nearby playground.

A state trooper who responded to the call found Medina holding a large rock. He allegedly told police he knew the woman and her son. After the woman positively identified Medina, he was placed under arrest.

Medina was ordered to be held on $25,000 bail during his appearance in South Boston District Court. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

He's due back in court on Sept. 21.

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