Man sought in attempt to abduct child at hotel

August 18, 1994

Police are looking for a man who attempted to kidnap a 7-year-old girl from a Linthicum hotel Tuesday afternoon.

The girl suffered a bruised arm but was otherwise unharmed, county police said.

She had been standing outside the laundry room of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in the 1600 block of W. Nursery Road shortly before 6 p.m. while her mother and grandmother were washing clothes.

The man grabbed her from behind, put his hand over her mouth and dragged her down a short hallway and out of an exit door, police said. He left the girl at the door while he ran across the parking lot to get his car, police said.

The girl told police she tried to get back inside, but the exit door was locked. She watched as the man drove his car across a median strip toward her. She ran around to the front of the motel and in the main entrance, police said.

The girl's mother told police that she heard screaming in the laundry room but did not know it was her child until she saw her at the front door "with a terrorized look on her face," said police spokesman Officer Randy Bell. The incident lasted about 30 seconds, Officer Bell said.

The girl's mother called police, who came out and interviewed her, her daughter, her mother and hotel employees, Officer Bell said.

The girl and her mother, who live in Chicago, were visiting the girl's grandmother in Falls Church, Va., Officer Bell said. The three were on their way back to Falls Church when they stopped at the hotel to use the laundry room, Officer Bell said.

The suspect is a white male about 6 feet 3 inches tall with a thin build. He had dark brown, curly hair and was wearing a white baseball hat, blue shorts, a plain, white short-sleeved shirt, white dress shoes and white socks.

Pasadena man reports car theft by friend

A motorist had his car stolen at gunpoint Tuesday night in Brooklyn Park by an acquaintance, county police said.

Constatine Padussis, 41, of the 3400 block of Brookhaven Road, Pasadena, told police he and the man were driving around at about 10:30 p.m. when he let the man drive a while. About 11:30 p.m., the man stopped in the Southview Shopping Center at Hammonds Lane and Ritchie Highway and pulled out a small silver handgun, police said.

The man pointed the gun at Mr. Padussis and ordered him to get out of the car and lie on the ground, police reported. When Mr. Padussis complied, the man drove away, police said. Police said they were unable to find the suspect or the car.

The name of the suspect was not released because he has not been charged, police spokesman Officer Randy Bell said.

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