WILMER, Ala. (WKRG) — A man has been arrested after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a child Sunday, according to a release from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

Paul Patrick Samson, 64, was arrested Monday by MCSO detectives. He was originally charged with second degree attempted kidnapping, but after investigators reviewed more evidence, he faces first-degree aggravated kidnapping.

WKRG News 5 spoke with Mobile County Sheriff Paul Burch who says the accused kidnapper, Samson, tried to lure the 8-year-old girl by following her in his car.

“The suspect at first offered ice cream, you know, to lure the child to the car,” explained Sheriff Burch. “And then when, you know, the child was reluctant, said no, when he physically got out of the car and grabbed her by the arm.”

According to the release, MCSO was called Sunday at 7:45 p.m. for the report of a possible kidnapping on Danner Road. Samson was allegedly seen by the child’s mother attempting to get the child to leave with him.

The mother then ran over and pulled the child from Samson. He then left in his car and the mother called 911.

Sheriff Burch praised the mother’s quick action of rescuing her daughter, but also reemphasizes the message of how important it is to say something if you see something.

“It shows too this day and time, it don’t matter what community you live in, you know, watch your children because it happens in a split second,” said Burch. “And that’s probably the biggest message out of this. Just watch your children. I mean, he could have been driving through, you know, this neighborhood, been driving through a neighborhood with million dollar houses. It takes a second to grab a child.”

According to jail records, Samson will have a bond hearing Wednesday morning.