A five-year-old has been rescued by hero bystanders after a man allegedly tried to abduct the child in Canberra.
The man allegedly picked up the child and ran towards an alleyway while its parents and members of the public gave chase.
When confronted, the man then let go of the child and allegedly dropped a knife.
Witnesses then restrained the man before police arrested him in Petrie Plaza at about 1pm.
The man is assisting police with their enquiries.