Kidnap suspect had stayed with girl, 2, in family's home in W.Va.
A West Virginia man accused of kidnapping a 2-year-old girl and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in Baldwin had been staying in the home of the child he is accused of taking, police stated in court documents.
Timothy White, 23, of Morgantown had been staying with John and Stephanie Parks and their daughter, Starr, above a gas station in Reedsville, W.Va.
White is accused of taking the girl and the family's car late Friday morning, West Virginia State Police said.
The complaint said White “took the child with the purpose of removing the child from its parents.”
The Parkses could not be reached for comment.
Pennsylvania State Police said PennDOT crews found the family's car disabled along Interstate 79 in Amwell about 1:30 p.m. but did not know it had been stolen until about an hour later.
Pennsylvania authorities said they believe someone gave White and the girl a ride to a GetGo station in Centerville, Washington County. Police said White's cell phone was traced to the Richeyville area about 2:45 p.m.
James Weid of Centerville told police that he saw White and the child walking on the road near the GetGo.
“Weid stated the man seemed ‘out of it' and thought he might be on drugs,” state police wrote in court documents. “Weid related he became fearful that the man might have committed a crime and was running from the police.”
Weid told police that he was concerned about the girl's being out in the cold and asked White if he and the child needed help. The two got into Weid's vehicle. Weid drove them to his house, police said.
White stole an Atlantic Broadband Cable van parked nearby with its engine running, court documents state. Weid took the girl into his house, where his wife dialed 911.
The girl was not harmed, Pennsylvania State Police said.
Police spotted the van on the Mon Fayette Expressway in Union, Washington County, about 3:30 p.m. and started a chase onto Route 51.
White forced several motorists and police officers off the road, made several U-turns, drove across a concrete median and through several stoplights. The chase topped 60 mph in heavy traffic, police said. Police finally stopped White at Route 51 and Irwin Drive in Baldwin.
When a trooper ordered White out of the van at gunpoint, he “exited the van in an aggressive manner and appeared to be getting into a fighting stance,” the documents state.
The police complaint stated that White “refused (police) commands to go to the ground and he continued to disobey their direct commands to quit resisting until they had to physically take the actor into custody by jumping on him and pinning him to the ground.”
Televised footage showed White with facial injuries after his arrest, including a swollen left eye, scrapes and a bloody nose.
State police in West Virginia and Pennsylvania did not return messages on Saturday seeking comment.
Pennsylvania State Police charged White with felony counts of fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.
West Virginia State Police charged him with kidnapping and grand larceny.
White is in the Allegheny County Jail on $1 million bail for each case.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.