Anne Arundel County police have issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted for questioning in the Sunday kidnapping of a 6-year-old Glen Burnie girl who later escaped unharmed.
The warrant for Dale Leroy Knight, 34, of Glen Burnie, charges him with the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl in an unrelated incident in Glen Burnie Sept. 30, said Officer V. Richard Molloy, a police spokesman.
Police want to question 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 Knight to the green Plymouth believed to have been used by Lindsay's abductor and later abandoned in Hanover.
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.
He 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 the man 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 fled 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, a small blond girl with an engaging smile, confirmed this, saying her mother had told her that "10 million times."
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.
Their parents worry that a child could be abducted despite the best precautions and safety lessons.
"To me, the school playground was safe," said Lindsay's mother, who had dropped by there to talk to the girls shortly before the abduction. "You can't overly protect kids. They have to have some freedom, and I don't want to smother them, but I'm afraid some things will have to change."
Her husband said he or his wife now will accompany the girls to the school and playground a few blocks away from their Point Pleasant Road home.