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Brawley man charged with attempted kidnapping

(Woman reports a strange man in her backyard)…Brawley police received the call Sunday evening.

The woman told police the man was in her backyard, where her 5-year-old daughter was playing. Police arrived at the home in the 900 block of J Street. The woman told officers the man told her the house was his, and he threatened to take the child. The suspect attempted to grab the five year old, but the mother physically protected her child. The suspect fled the area. Police located the suspect a block away. He was identified as 35-year-old Robert Edward Barrientos, a Brawley transient. He was taken into custody without incident. Police say he was in possession of methamphetamine and under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into County Jail, charged with attempted kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance. The child was not injured.