Ex-boyfriend charged in daughter-for-son plot Abducted boy, 7, is still missing

October 04, 1992|By Bruce Reid | Bruce Reid,Staff Writer Patrick Hickerson contributed to this article.

A 22-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with kidnapping and extortion for allegedly demanding that his ex-girlfriend exchange her 7-year-old son -- who was abducted three weeks ago -- for their 4-year-old daughter, city police said yesterday.

City police arrested Keith M. Garrett of the 700 block of Edgewood St. shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, said spokesman Sam Ringgold. Mr. Garrett was arrested at Aisquith and Orleans streets, where the exchange of the siblings was to take place, Mr. Ringgold said.

Police had been alerted and arrested Mr. Garrett without incident, Mr. Ringgold said.

Mr. Garrett had not taken the boy, Timothy A. Washington Jr., to the place where the exchange was to occur, Mr. Ringgold said. Police are still looking for the youngster.

Timothy was taken Sept. 11 from the area of his aunt's home in the 1000 block of Orleans St.

Mr. Garrett is the father of the 4-year-old, whose name police did not release, but he is not the father of the boy. Mr. Ringgold identified the children's mother as Ann Green of the 1200 block of Appleleaf Court, Baltimore.

Police had no more details about the relationship between Mr. Garrett and the children's mother.

Mr. Garrett, whom police identified as the ex-boyfriend of the children's mother, is not cooperating with investigators, Mr. Ringgold said.

"That's why we still don't know where Timothy is," Mr. Ringgold said. "Obviously, it's been three weeks [since the boy's disappearance] and that concerns everyone," he said.

"He's been a suspect from early on," Mr. Ringgold said of Mr. Garrett.

The spokesman said that police did not have enough information to arrest Mr. Garrett until he made contact with the mother on Friday and proposed the exchange of children.

Mr. Garrett was being held on $750,000 bond.

Dondi Young said Ms. Green, the children's mother, moved into the Appleleaf Court residence just two or three months ago. He said that Timothy used to play with his 4-year-old daughter.

Neighbors "are really upset" about Timothy's disappearance, Mr. Young said, "because he used to play with all the kids." He described Timothy as a "nice, well-dressed" child.

Anyone with information about Timothy Washington's whereabouts should call city police at 396-2100.

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