Lawyer charged with kidnapping W.Va. infant

November 09, 1998|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

A Takoma Park lawyer who was hired to arrange the adoption of a 2-month-old West Virginia boy was charged yesterday with kidnapping the child, a Baltimore FBI spokesman said.

FBI agents and officers from Takoma Park Police Department arrested James Aaron Shrybman, 48, at 4 a.m. yesterday at his home in the first block of Columbia Ave. in Silver Spring, said Special Agent Peter Gulotta.

The boy, Ryan Zachary Stull, was not at the residence and was staying at a temporary foster home in Silver Spring, Gulotta said.

According to Gulotta, the boy's parents, Candace and Mark Stull of Parkersburg, W.Va., had contacted Shrybman about arranging the adoption of their son.

"They were allegedly negotiating this for a period of time and then backed out," Gulotta said.

The Stulls told police they met with Shrybman on Oct. 31 at a Parkersburg restaurant to discuss their decision. They said Shrybman became angry, displayed a handgun and took Ryan.

Gulotta said the Stulls reported the incident Saturday night to West Virginia State Police at Parkersburg. "They were allegedly afraid to say anything before then," he said.

Gulotta said Shrybman was being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville awaiting extradition to West Virginia.

Pub Date: 11/09/98

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