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Idaho man accused of trying to kidnap girl watching sea lions in Astoria

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Robert John Miller, jail booking photo Robert John Miller, jail booking photo

An Idaho man is accused of trying to kidnap a 5-year-old girl watching sea lions with her family on the Oregon coast.

Astoria police received a report of an attempted abduction at the East Mooring Basin at 10:54 a.m. Monday.

Officers learned that a Portland father was visiting Astoria with his children when his daughter was approached by a man unknown to them.

Investigators said the man, later identified as 29-year-old Robert John Miller of Rupert, Idaho, was directing the girl to leave with him.

The father stepped in, alerted others nearby and one witness snapped a photo of the suspect while someone else called 911.

Police said the suspect was found and arrested on a dock in the area.

Miller was booked into the Clatsop County Jail on the charge of first-degree attempted kidnapping.

Astoria Deputy Chief Eric Halverson credited the father and the witnesses in this case for helping officers catch the suspect.

For more information about child safety, go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.

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