2 more charged in city siblings' school abduction Suspect's girlfriend, her brother, alleged to have driven car

September 21, 1991|By Rafael Alvarez

Two Southeast Baltimore youngsters who were abducted from their neighborhood school and taken to North Carolina Wednesday were safely on their way home yesterday, as North Carolina authorities charged two more alleged accomplices in the crime.

A third suspect believed to have actually taken the children out of Graceland Park-O'Donnell Heights Elementary School in the 6300 block of O'Donnell Street was arrested in Beaufort, N.C., Thursday night.

Emmanuel Clark, 14, of the 200 block of Conkling Street in Highlandtown, was arrested at the same time the missing children -- Keisha Lynn Smith, 5, and her brother, James Allen Smith, 7 -- were recovered about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The teen-ager, who entered the O'Donnell Heights School on Wednesday after telling officials he wanted to visit the children, was charged in a juvenile warrant.

At 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, arrest warrants were faxed by Baltimore police to officers in Beaufort, allowing police there to hold Toni Marie Tennyson, 18, of the 800 block of Brunswick Road in Essex and her brother, Timothy Wayne Tennyson, 20, of the same address.

Both were charged with kidnapping and abduction.

Timothy Tennyson, however, was already in the Beaufort jail, having been charged Thursday night with possessing a "weapon of mass destruction" -- described by the police as a homemade bomb made from a miniature whiskey bottle filled with gunpowder and a fuse.

Toni Tennyson was picked up last night.

According to Maj. Marvin Knox, an investigator with the Beaufort police, the Tennysons drove Emmanuel and the children from Baltimore

to North Carolina. Ms. Tennyson is Emmanuel's girlfriend, the police said.

Major Knox said that the suspects and the children were found at a convenience store on Thursday night.

He said that investigators were alerted that the fugitives were in town by a grandmother of the Tennyson siblings.

"When an officer walked up to their parked Ford Escort he saw two young children in the car and two older juveniles standing outside the car," Major Knox said.

"The 14-year-old told the officer they had taken the children from Baltimore and when supervisors showed up, everybody went down to the police station."

Major Knox said Emmanuel Clark, held last night at a juvenile detention center in Greenville, N.C., about 90 miles from Beaufort, told the police he had decided to take the children because he believed that they were not being treated properly by their mother, Brenda Patterson, and the mother's boyfriend.

Baltimore police have not been able to ascertain exactly why the children were spirited out of the state.

Emmanuel is the younger brother of the mother's live-in boyfriend and had lived with the family.

A relative said that Emmanuel had been living with Ms. Patterson and her family for about a week after being kicked out of his mother's house on Conkling Street. But last Saturday, Ms. Patterson also asked him to leave, the relative said.

Walter G. Amprey, the city superintendent of schools, said Thursday that the suspect who took the children was known to both school officials and the youngsters and was therefore given a visitor's pass when he asked to see the children.

"He went to the classroom and tricked the teachers, saying he wanted to visit with the kids," Mr. Amprey said.

He said that the suspect took the children to the hall, as if to talk to them outside the class, and then left with them.

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