From the Maryland State Police:
(Abingdon, MD) – A coordinated response and search by troopers and deputies last night led to the identification and arrest of a Harford County man who unsuccessfully tried to lure two children from a store in Abingdon.
The accused is identified as Todd E. Harris, 41, of the 1900-block of Brookside Drive, Edgewood, Md. He is charged with two counts each of attempted kidnapping and attempted abduction.
Just before 6:00 p.m. yesterday, troopers from the Bel Air Barracks responded to the Gabriel Brothers store, located in the 3400-block of Emmorton Road, Abingdon, after receiving a report of an attempted abduction. Information was received that an African American male, wearing blue jeans, a green and white striped shirt, and a black baseball cap, attempted to lure two children out of the store. He reportedly offered to buy them a toy in the store.
The children realized what was occurring and refused to cooperate with the man. They immediately notified their parents of the incident. The suspect left the area on foot.
In a combined effort between troopers from the Bel Air Barracks, JFK Memorial Highway Barracks and deputies from the Harford County Sheriffs Office, a perimeter around the area was quickly established. Police thoroughly checked all the businesses in the shopping center, however they were unable to locate the suspect.
Through further investigation, police were able to identify the suspect as Harris. Sheriff’s deputies were familiar with Harris and responded to the area of Brookside Drive in an attempt to locate the suspect. While checking the area, a deputy spotted Harris walking on Fisherman’s Lane in Edgewood. He was wearing the identical clothing earlier described by witnesses. Harris was taken into custody and transported to Gabriel Brothers where he was positively identified by all witnesses. He was then transported to the Bel Air Barrack for processing.