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5 NEWS UPDATE: Abduction Suspect Caught, 2-Year-Old Girl Safe
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 10, 2013 @ 3:07PM
Created on February 10, 2013 @ 2:00PM
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police in western Pennsylvania say a man was arrested after a police chase following the alleged abduction of a 2-year-old girl in West Virginia, and the child was found unharmed.
State police in Washington County say they found a disabled vehicle at about 1:30 p.m. Friday on Route 79 that had been reported stolen and involved in a kidnapping.
Troopers were later told that the suspect had stolen a cable company van in Richeyville. He led police on a chase but was apprehended in Baldwin after crashing into police cruisers positioned to stop him.
Police said the child was found unharmed in a Richeyville home, and the motive for the alleged kidnapping is unknown.
Authorities said the 23-year-old Morgantown, W.Va., man was facing charges including fleeing police and aggravated assault.
5 News Update 2/8 - 10:30 p.m.:
Just before noon, the suspect, Timothy Adam White, 23, of Morgantown took a two year old girl from her parent's home located above the Citgo Station in Reedsville.
He then apparently stole a Toyota Corolla and took off to Pennsylvania. Officers were able to track White to Richeyville Pennsylvania, where he apparently stopped to drop off the car he had stolen.. That's also where a man saw White and the gril standing in the cold and offered the two a ride.
After a short ride, White apparently dropped the girl off, unharmed, at a home in Richeyville and stole another van. He was eventually arrested in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania after a short chase. Investigators aren't releasing a motive but they've said White knows the family of the little girl.
As for White, he's charged with kidnapping and grand larceny auto in West Virginia and more charges are pending in Pennsylvania.
5 News Update 2/8 - 5:45 p.m.:
5 News has been able to confirm the name of the man believed to be responsible, 23 year-old Timothy Adam White.
White apparently stole a car from a gas station in Reedsville and is said to have stopped in Richeyville Pennsylvania Friday afternoon and dropped off the car. A man saw White and the girl standing in the cold and offered the two a ride. After a short ride White apparently stole a van, and police were able to track him down in Allegheny County.
Police aren't releasing much about a motive, but have said White knows the family of the little girl. The little girl is safe, and White has been arrested. Stay with 5 News for the latest updates.
5 News Update 2/8 - 3:55 p.m.:
The Observer-Reporter, a Southwestern Pennsylvania Newspaper, is reporting that State police have apprehended the man who abducted a child in Preston County Friday afternoon.
According to the Preston County Sheriff’s Department the man stole a four door white Toyota Corolla with cracked front windshield bearing WV registration ND8355 from the Gas N More in Reedsville.
The newspaper also reported that the car was spotted traveling on Route 40, and the man reportedly dropped the girl off at a home in Richeyville, then stole an Atlantic Broadband van that was parked in the area. The man was apprehended after a pursuit on Route 51 near Century III Mall in Allegheny County.
Original Story 2/8 - 2:00 p.m.:
The Preston County Sheriff's Department is looking for a stolen car that is believed to be involved in a child abduction.
The car is a four door white Toyota Corolla with cracked front windshield bearing WV registration ND8355. The car is is said to be carrying an adult white male and 2-year-old female.
The car was stolen from the Gas N More in Reedsville around 11:45 a.m. Friday. There is reason to believe the driver is on Rt 43 heading north toward Uniontown.
Police are asking if you see the vehicle that you call 911. Do not attempt to approach the vehicle because the suspect is believed to be armed. Stay with 5 News for the latest updates.
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