A 23-year-old man has been charged with abduction for allegedly trying to lure a five-year-old boy away from his mother at a downtown Winnipeg park this past weekend.

The boy and his mother were at Central Park at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday when an unknown man tried to lure him away.

A lifeguard intervened and the man left, police said. The boy was not injured.

Police arrested the suspect on Tuesday. He has been charged with abducting a person under the age of 14, as well as possessing cannabis resin and failing to comply with court orders.