Possible Child Abduction Thwarted

Investigators Seeking Suspect

(Joppa, MD – October 18, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an alleged attempted child abduction from the Super 8 Motel in Joppa. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 but was not reported to the Sheriff’s Office until four hours later.

April S. Craig, 21, of Glenwood Court in Middletown reported that while she was in the lobby of the motel attempting to register, an unknown male began talking with her two year-old son. Craig stated that as she was completing the registration information for the motel clerk, the stranger sat down in the lobby and continued conversing with the boy. A few moments later, Ms. Craig noticed that her son was no longer in the lobby with her.

Craig reported that she immediately began to look for her son in the area around the lobby. She stated she located her son in a hallway of the motel holding the stranger’s hand while walking towards one of the motel rooms. Craig stated she ran after her son and took him from the hand of the stranger as he was opening the door to one of the rooms.

Craig described the unknown individual as a 40 year-old male, dark complexion, short dark brown hair, dark brown mustache, wearing a cream colored button down shirt.

Through further investigation by the Harford County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division, the person of interest is believed to be traveling with three other people, a man and two women, from Montclair, New Jersey. The person of interest and his companions checked out of the motel and left approximately 25 minutes following the alleged incident.

Based upon information provided by motel employees and security video from the motel, Sheriff’s Deputies have reason to believe the suspect may be of Italian decent.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the man wanted as a person of interest in the attempted child abduction from the Super 8 Motel in Joppa, to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-836-5429. Additionally, Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a tip reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the attempted child abduction. To be eligible for the reward, tipsters must call the 24 hour tip-line at 1-888-540-TIPS. Callers do not have to give their name or appear in court. All information will be kept strictly confidential.