Abducted girl safe; man arrested in Baldwin
A 2-year-old girl who state police say was kidnapped in West Virginia on Friday was found safe and the man accused of taking her was in custody after a police pursuit in Allegheny County.
Timothy Adam White, 23, no address available, is accused of taking the girl and then leaving her with a good Samaritan in Washington County. He was arrested when the stolen Atlantic Broadband service van he was driving was stopped and surrounded at 3:40 p.m. by officers at the Rycora Plaza at the intersection of Route 51 and Irwin Drive in Baldwin Borough.
The girl was returned to her mother.
State police say the motive for the kidnapping is unclear. Troopers have not said if White knows the girl or her mother.
Preston County Sheriff Daniel L. Loughrie said the girl and the car she was in were taken at 11:45 a.m. from a convenience store in the community of Reedsville, W.Va., about 16 miles southeast of Morgantown, W.Va.
The car became disabled along Interstate 79 near the Lone Pine exit in Washington County.
It is not known how White and the girl got from the exit to Richeyville, several miles away, where a good Samaritan, unaware of the abduction, gave them a ride, troopers said.
White then left the girl with the driver and stole the Atlantic Broadband van, which troopers spotted on the Mon Fayette Expressway and started the chase, following it north along Route 51.
While waiting for a red light at the intersection of Route 51 and Lebanon Church Road, Trib Total Media employee Ken McClain saw the stolen van.
“A white cable van shows up in my rearview and starts traveling through the intersection followed by six cop cars,” McClain said. “As I approached (Rycora Plaza), I saw the same white van. It looked as if he tried to cut through a parking lot and T-boned a cruiser on Irwin Drive.”
Michell Casab, owner of Italian Village Pizza, saw the commotion across the street.
“The van was surrounded by cops who had guns pointed at it,” Casab said. “About six cops pulled him out of the van.”
Troopers said White resisted arrest and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for evaluation. He was expected to be taken to Night Court for arraignment.
Anyone who saw White and the girl or who may have given them a ride from the Lone Pine exit to Richeyville is asked to call state police at 412-787-2000.
Michael Hasch is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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