Man, 37, charged in kidnapping attempt Police say girl, 8, was approached by man in Stoneleigh.

October 10, 1991|By William B. Talbott and Bruce Reid | William B. Talbott and Bruce Reid,Evening Sun Staff

A 37-year-old north Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with the attempted kidnapping of an 8-year-old girl in Stoneleigh last month.

Jonathan Griffin Hilbert, of the 600 block of Gittings Ave. in Cedarcroft, was arrested at his home about 8:15 last night, Baltimore County police said. He was being held on $75,000 bond pending a bail review hearing scheduled for later today.

Police spokesman E. Jay Miller said a man stopped his car in the 900 block of Wellington Road about 7:15 p.m. Sept. 29 and approached the young girl, offering her money and candy to get into his vehicle. When the child refused, police said, the man grabbed her and attempted to force her into the car.

But she was able to struggle free and run to a neighbor's house, police said. The neighbor then called police.

The girl told police that the man was driving a small red, four-door car. Hilbert, who works as a sales representative for a ,, local company that relocates offices, drives a 1988 red Hyundai four-door sedan, police said.

After an anonymous telephone tip last night, police went to Hilbert's home and arrested him without incident. Hilbert also was charged with battery.

Police said the victim was shown a picture of Hilbert and identified him as the man who grabbed her.

Miller said police are continuing their investigation into similar incidents in Rodgers Forge and Stoneleigh within the last several weeks.

Shortly after the Sept. 29 incident, county police began warning residents in the Towson area to look out for a man in a red car who had offered children money or candy to lure them into his car.

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