Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety

On 09-06-2020 at approximately 7:55pm, the Grants Pass Police responded to a report of a male subject at Riverside Park who attempted to grab an 11 year old girl while she was on a swing at the park.  The male was reported to also be following the juvenile and her mother through the park, placing them in fear for their safety.  Officers arrived on scene and detained the male while the incident was investigated. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, Martin Brandon Lynch was arrested for Attempted Kidnapping in the Second Degree, Menacing, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.  Lynch was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on all of the listed charges.  The case will be referred to the Josephine County District Attorney for review and filing of charges. 

Based on the investigation, Lynch does not appear to be related to previous reported incidents occurring around local retail establishments.  The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings and remain watchful of children while in public.  There have been several calls involving subjects following families in public locations.  

Being aware will assist with seeing these individuals and making prompt calls to local law enforcement so we can locate and identify these subjects.  The safety of our community, especially our children, is foremost for everyone who works in Grants Pass. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked the call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.  

Lynch, Martin Brandon  31 years of age
Resident of Grants Pass

Attempted Kidnapping in the Second Degree
Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree