Bail reduced for man charged in kidnap bid

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

November 05, 2005|By ANDREA F. SIEGEL

An Anne Arundel County judge reduced bail yesterday from $750,000 to $100,000 for a 68-year-old man accused of trying to abduct an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from Marley Middle School in Glen Burnie.

Appearing in court on a video monitor from the county jail, Richard Daniel Bassett kept interrupting Anne Arundel County District Court Administrative Judge James W. Dryden, trying to give an account of what happened Thursday.

The judge repeatedly cut him off, telling him not to talk about the kidnap and assault charges, and finally ordered the jail microphone cut off.

Bassett said the "bad thing" he did was speaking to the girl.

According to charging documents, the girl told an officer that as she was walking home about 3:15 p.m., a man leaned out of his van and called out to her, "Baby, did you just get out of school?"

Police said she told the officer the man then reached out and grabbed her right forearm, but she broke free and ran to a house in the first block of Wendover Road. No one answered the door, so she ran toward a Postal Service truck.

The carrier, who saw the van, called police.

Bassett was arrested a short time later and told police that when he saw the girl walk by his van, he said, "Hey, school baby," according to charging documents.

He is charged with attempted kidnapping and misdemeanor assault.

Police said the girl's arm had red marks on it.

A pretrial jail worker told the judge that Bassett had "unspecified mental health issues" and previous convictions between 1956 and 1959 for receiving stolen goods, false pretenses and an unsatisfied account in Florida.

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