A Prince George’s County Police Department patrol officer’s sharp memory and quick actions has led to a 53-year-old suspect being arrested in an attempted kidnapping of a child. On March 10, 2014, at about 11:10 am, District V patrol officers were called to James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton for the report of an assault. When they arrived, they learned through school officials that a third grader had been assaulted on her way to school. The preliminary investigation reveals the child was walking alone to school when she saw the suspect walking toward her. The child became alarmed and ran into a neighbor’s yard. That’s when the suspect began chasing the victim. As the chase neared school property, the suspect came up behind the girl and grabbed her book bag. She quickly pulled away from the man who then swung at the girl but missed. She managed to escape to her school unharmed. A school administrator called police.
Additional patrol officers immediately responded to the school, got a brief description of the suspect and saturated the area. Police Officer Ariel Acosta recalled a field observation several months earlier in the same general area of a person matching that brief description. Police Officer Acosta began searching for the suspect and found him at his home. The suspect was soon positively identified as the person wanted for the attempted abduction.
Police Officer Acosta
The suspect is identified as 53-year-old Anthony Donald Logan of the 5200 block of Zephyr Avenue in Clinton. He’s charged with attempted kidnapping, second degree assault and trespassing.
This is not the first time Police Officer Acosta came to a child’s rescue. Officer Acosta was recently honored for trying to save the life of a toddler in our community. http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/2013/07/pgpd-patrol-officer-performs-lifesaving.html
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