Police: Child Abduction Foiled

By GABE WELLS

WHEELING – A young Fulton area girl is out of harm’s way after a
fast-acting neighbor intervened in a alleged abduction attempt that has
resulted in one arrest on a charge of kidnapping.

According to a report from 911 dispatch, the unidentified Fulton area
man reportedly pulled a young girl away from an alleged abduction attempt
at about 8:30 a.m. today on Ridge Street. The suspect reportedly left the
scene, but was taken into custody a short time later after he apparently
returned to the area of the alleged incident.

Carl E. Carpenter, 49, of the 635 Glenhite Ave., Wheeling, was
arraigned today on a charge of kidnapping and will likely be transported
to the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, according to Lt. Randy
Rejonis of the Wheeling Police Department.

According to a report from 911 dispatch, at about 8:30 a.m. today a
man thwarted the abduction attempt by pulling the young girl to safety
from a man who allegedly left the area of Ridge Street in gold Subaru.

However, the man apparently returned to the area and was taken into
custody at about 9:30 a.m. on Berson Street after the suspected vehicle
was spotted by Wheeling Police Cpl. Rob Marriner.

Marriner said the man was taken into custody without incident, but he
noted that he was surprised to find the vehicle in the area of the
reported abduction attempt shortly after it was reported.

“I just happened to be at the right place at the right time,” Marriner
said.

“It’s unusual that they were so close. Usually they are gone. I held him
until a witness could identify the suspect.”

After the report of the incident, officers were advised to be on the
lookout for a gold 4×4 Subaru Forester.

The suspect was reportedly a white male in his 50s wearing blue jeans
and glasses. The male was described as being about 6 feet tall with a
skinny build and gray hair.

All area communities were alerted to the situation. The Wheeling
Police Department and the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department responded to
the scene and were both involved in the search.

Copyright © 2004 The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register

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