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Oregon National Guardsman stops man accused of grabbing girl outside Portland hotel

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Robin Rollins in court Monday. Robin Rollins in court Monday.

An off-duty Oregon National Guard soldier stopped a man accused of grabbing a toddler outside a downtown Portland hotel and held him until police arrived.

Jonathan Sweeney said the suspect, 54-year-old Robin Rollins, grabbed the little girl by the arm from her nanny.

“I could tell based off of her reactions, she didn’t know this guy,” Sweeney said. “It was a complete stranger to her and the child and they posed some sort of danger to her.”

It happened outside the Marriott Hotel on Southwest 5th and Broadway on Friday evening.

“The nanny started panicking, asking for help,” he said. “That’s about when I started coming over real quick.”

Sweeney, a Portland State University student, has been in the Oregon National Guard for 11 years.

He returned from a deployment to Afghanistan last spring.

Sweeney said his military training has taught him situation awareness, so he pays attention to subtle cues from people even when he is not on duty.

He noticed Rollins moments before the assault when the man walked past him on Southwest Broadway and mumbled something.

“I just took a few steps past him, turned around, watched him, drank my coffee,” said Sweeney. “Then once everything started, then I started approaching once he headed toward the little girl.”

Sweeney grabbed the suspect, trying to put distance between the man and the child, until police arrived.

He said Rollins hit him a couple of times. Sweeney said the suspect did not appear to be in his right mind at the time.

“I have confidence somebody else would have stepped in at that point. The biggest thing is I wanted to make sure the child was safe and no one else got hurt,” he said.

Police initially arrested Rollins on charges of attempted kidnapping, harassment, disorderly conduct, assault and resisting arrest.

Prosecutors, however, did not file an attempted kidnapping charge against Rollins, but they could prosecute him on those charges at a later date.

Rollins appeared in court Monday afternoon to face the other charges.

He is being held in the Multnomah County Jail for violating his probation on a DUII conviction.

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