Harford police say man wasn't trying to take tot


October 20, 2006

A police investigation of an alleged child abduction attempt in a Joppa motel Tuesday resulted in the clearing of a man who had been under scrutiny in the case.

April Craig, 21, of Middletown, Del., told police that a man left the lobby of the Super 8 Motel with her 2-year-old son while she was registering. She quickly located the child walking down a hallway with the man. The boy was holding the man's hand at the entrance to a room when his mother retrieved him.

But the police investigation determined that the child had followed the man and was not led by him, said Robert B. Thomas Jr., spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The man, who was visiting the United States from Italy, left Maryland for Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday. Police determined through interviews, security videos and information from the motel staff that the 59-year-old man posed no threat to the child.

Montclair police interviewed the man for several hours Wednesday and came to the same conclusion, Thomas said.

"We don't fault the mother in this incident," he said. "She presumed something and made a good-intent call to the police. We investigated thoroughly with the man's full cooperation."

Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore: Race for the Cure

Some roads closed for tomorrow's 5K

Several streets near the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Locust Point will be closed for tomorrow's Susan G. Komen Maryland "Race for the Cure." The 5-kilometer race starts at 8 a.m. at Light and Conway streets, goes south on Light, east on Key Highway, south on Lawrence Street, west on Fort Avenue and north on Charles Street to Hamburg Street. A one-mile family fun walk begins at 8:45 a.m. at Charles and Conway streets.

The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Conway Street from Howard to Light streets; Light Street from Conway to Lawrence; Key Highway from Conway to Lawrence; Lawrence from Key Highway to Fort Avenue; Fort Avenue between Charles and Lawrence; Charles between Fort and Hamburg; Hamburg between the stadium lots and Charles Street; Hanover Street from Henrietta to Hamburg streets; Sharp Street from Conway to Henrietta streets; Henrietta between Sharp and Hanover.

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