A middle-aged homeless man with an extensive criminal history was arrested Saturday for kidnapping after he allegedly attempted to lure a young boy away from his mother and toward a cornfield near the sports fields in Carsins Run.
Brian Hamilton Childress, 49, of no fixed address, was arrested by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and has been denied bail, after initially being held on $250,000 bail.
A week prior to the arrest, at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, a mother at the Carsins Run Sports Field on Carsins Run Road in Aberdeen reported to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Child Advocacy Center that she witnessed her 5-year-old son walking with an unidentified male towards a cornfield near the sports fields.
The mother called out for her son, who returned to her, and the male quickly disappeared into the cornfield. The young boy told his mother that the man had asked him to help him find something he had lost. The man was not known to any of the other parents at the sporting event.
Childress, who previously held addresses on Cooley Mill Road in Havre de Grace and Schucks Road in Bel Air, fits the description given to police at the time of the incident, of a white male, age 45-50, approximately 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 9-inches and 185 to 200 lbs with short dark hair and described to have a weathered face with a salt and pepper, scruffy beard.
Childress has faced a multitude of charges over the years and spent time in the Harford County Detention Center.
In 2002, Childress was found guilty of attempting to drive while under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property greater than $500, and possession of a concealed deadly weapon. He also faced charges of animal cruelty that same year.
Other past charges against Childress have included driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a controlled dangerous substance; driving on an expired license; and a citation and $60 fine from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police for an insufficient amount of flotation devices aboard a vessel.
Most recently, Childress was charged with fourth-degree burglary and trespassing on private property on September 12 – just five days prior to the incident at Carsins Run.
From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
Suspect in “Stranger Danger” Incident Charged with Kidnapping
Brian Hamilton Childress, age 49, was arrested on Saturday, September 24, 2011 on kidnapping charges in connection with a “Stranger Danger” incident that occurred a week earlier at the Carsins Run Sports Field located in Aberdeen, MD. It was reported to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Child Advocacy Center that a mother witnessed her 5 year old son walking with an unidentified male towards a cornfield near the sports fields. The mother called out for her son, who returned to her and the male quickly disappeared into the cornfield. The young boy told his mother that the male had asked him to help him find a toy he had lost. The male was not known to any of the other parents at the sporting event.
Utilizing a variety of investigative techniques and resources, Harford County Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to determine that the suspect described as a white male, age 45-50, approximately 5’07”-5’09”, 185-200 lbs with short dark hair, a weathered face and a salt and pepper, scruffy beard was Brian Hamilton Childress, age 49, of no fixed address.
An arrest warrant was issued and Childress was picked up without incident early Saturday morning in the Whiteford area of Harford County, MD. He has been charged under the annotated code of Maryland with CR 3-503 a with Kidnapping- Child under 16, which speaks to the suspect attempting to entice a child either forcibly or fraudulently away from the control and/or custody of a parent or guardian.
He is currently being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center while awaiting trial.