Kidnap Suspect Arrested

December 11, 1990|By Marina Sarrisand Joe Nawrozki | Marina Sarrisand Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

Dale Leroy Knight surrendered to Anne Arundel County police today and was being questioned in connection with Sunday's kidnapping of a 6-year-old Glen Burnie girl who later escaped unharmed.

Knight turned himself in after being named in a warrant charging him with the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl more than two months ago.

Knight, 34, of Glen Burnie, surrendered about 9:30 a.m. at the department's northern district on Hammonds Lane. He was accompanied by his mother, according to police spokesman V. Richard Molloy.

Knight was booked, placed in a holding cell and then questioned by police. Molloy said other charges were expected to be filed against the suspect.

Detectives were taking a number of wallet-size pictures to show the 6-year-old girl in an effort to identify her abductor, police said.

Molloy described Knight as a person who did odd jobs such as delivering pizzas, cutting grass and driving a taxi part-time. He said Knight lived in a garage that was converted to an apartment in the 100 block of S. Meadow Drive.

Knight, according to Molloy, has no previous history relating to crimes against children.

The warrant for Knight charges him with the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl in Glen Burnie on Sept. 30, Molloy said.

Police were also questioning Knight in connection with the kidnapping of Lindsay Saxon on Sunday afternoon and the attempted abduction of a 5-year-old Sunday morning, Molloy said.

Molloy said police traced the green Plymouth believed to have been used by Lindsay's abductor and later abandoned in Hanover to Knight.

A man had grabbed Lindsay off the Point Pleasant Elementary School playground, where she was building sand castles with her 9-year-old sister, Danielle, and another 9-year-old.

The man drove the girl to a remote area near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where his car became stuck in the mud. The two began walking, and Lindsay escaped after she asked to go to the toilet.

Lindsay walked to a Howard County home to use the bathroom and told a resident there that she had been taken from a playground. The man called police, who notified her anxious parents.

After tracing the Plymouth's owner, Molloy said, police showed a photo to the 12-year-old girl in the September incident. The girl identified the photo as the man who tried to drag her off another Glen Burnie playground near Crainmont Court, Molloy said.

That road again became the scene of an attempted kidnapping Sunday morning, when a man matching the description of Lindsay's abductor tried to grab a 5-year-old girl. The girl began to kick and scream and drew the attention of several bystanders. Molloy said the man apparently panicked, let the girl go and escaped in a car.

Yesterday, Lindsay's parents fielded dozens of phone calls from friends and even strangers who were grateful that their daughter had come home safe. Their house, adorned with holiday lights, filled with relatives and children, as Lindsay prepared to go to a pizza party.

Jean and Daniel Saxon, who both work in print shops, said they always taught their children to avoid strangers. In fact, before Lindsay left for the playground Sunday, Jean Saxon repeated the same warning she always does: "Don't talk to strangers."

Lindsay and Danielle Saxon both did everything possible to prevent a potential tragedy Sunday, their parents said. Lindsay tried to hit the man as he carried her off, and her sister tried to free Lindsay from the abductor's car before running to a nearby home for help.

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