$50,000 bail set for suspect in Stoneleigh case

October 11, 1991

A 37-year-old man who is accused of trying to lure a young Stoneleigh girl into his car last month was ordered held on $50,000 bail yesterday in Towson District Court, according to the police.

The suspect, Jonathan Griffin Hilbert, was arrested at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at his home in the 600 block of Gittings Avenue, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a Baltimore County police spokesman. He was charged with attempted kidnapping and battery and was ordered sent to the Baltimore County Detention Center after a bail review hearing yesterday.

The suspect is accused of attempting to lure an 8-year-old girl into his car on Sept. 29 with money and candy in the Stoneleigh community, off York Road, just south of Towson, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

The police said that when the young girl refused the suspect's offer of money and candy, he allegedly grabbed her and attempted to force her into the car. The girl broke free and ran to a neighbor's house.

The spokesman said that the incident prompted numerous phone calls to the police with information about the possible identity of the suspect. It was one of those calls that led to the arrest of the suspect Wednesday night.

Three similar incidents that occurred in early September in Stoneleigh and Rodgers Forge remain under investigation, the police said. In those cases, two girls -- both five -- and a teen-age boy all refused the offers of candy or money.

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