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WV - Child Rapist Sought - Wheeling

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by Jaded, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. Jaded

    Jaded Former Member

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    This happened in my neck of the woods. They still have not caught the man. The first offense took place two blocks from my home. Wheeling is across the river, and he grabbed the little girl and after he assaulted her brought her across the river to Ohio -- thus bringing the FBI into the mix because of crossing state lines.

    http://theintelligencer.net/news/articles.asp?articleID=16589

    Photo of suspect http://www.wtov9.com/2007/0223/11095688.jpg

    Edited to add another article about the assault.

     
  2. Jaded

    Jaded Former Member

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    bigbuck Former Member

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    Oh, that poor girl. They need to get this SICKO off the streets now and, never let him out to see the light of day again.
     
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    I hope they catch him and put him out of his misery....what a waste of space:mad:
     
  5. Shadow205

    Shadow205 New Member

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    Thanks for posting that Jaded. I live in southern WV and I have not seen anything about this down here in the news.:furious:
     
  6. ember

    ember ~*~ Tree hugging dirt worshipper ~*~

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    Hi Jaded,

    This is close to my neck of the woods too. I'm in WV, but not as close as you are.
    It's been all over the local news here. All I can say is that I'm glad I'm a country girl who knows how to use a gun! And I'm a darned good shot. I'll be asking questions second if I see him in my area. I am not a violent person at all...but to me, he is like a rabid animal who just needs to be put down.

    These kind of "people" should not be allowed to roam free because this is exactly what happens....they run. I just hope they get him before there is yet another victim.
     
  7. Jaded

    Jaded Former Member

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    What is really scary is people here seem to think that this can't be happening in their neighborhoods. Child predators are everywhere, and all they have to do is check the sex offender registry. 119 in this county alone! Small town America is not immune to predators.

    They still haven't caught this guy. If he was so brazen as to masterbate in front of the 18 year old and then go on to abduct the little girl, he's capable of doing anything. Thank God he released her.
     
  8. Socks

    Socks Remembering the Littlest Angels

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    Any updates?
     
  9. Jaded

    Jaded Former Member

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    None. Tonight they were doing a checkpoint stopping vehicles to ask if they know the man, or the vehicle. They have set up a command center in Wheeling and are continuing to investigate leads, but so far nothing reported on the news as far as suspects.


     
  10. michelle

    michelle Joy comes in the Morning

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    This is scary. I am in Maryland but have alot of family in WV.
     
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    That poor little girl. I am so happy that he released her and did not kill her like so many of these sick perverts :furious:
     
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    What is worst, Jaded, is that Small Town America is where they are flocking towards....because the theory is that they can "blend in"....

    Amen. But as we all know, the "release" part will stop soon. They better catch this guy....and fast!
     
  13. Jaded

    Jaded Former Member

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    I've only recently relocated here and have realized that there doesn't seem to be the awareness that there is in bigger cities. ITA with regard to the potential of the perp not releasing them in the future. Yesterday it was reported that two little girls were approached in Wheeling. Story here http://theintelligencer.net/news/articles.asp?articleID=16789

    They believe this guy is local. I think someone knows who he is and might be protecting him or are afraid to turn their loved one in to LE. I hope they find him soon. It just blows my mind that he has not been apprehended yet. This is a small community. Someone knows this man and I hope they do the right thing before he strikes again.
     
  14. SewingDeb

    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    Police Search Rape Scene for Clues in Crime

    WHEELING — While Wheeling Police Chief Kevin Gessler and FBI Agent Mark Wheeler on Wednesday released more details about the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old Wheeling girl, officials in Bethesda interviewed a man who owned a truck similar to that of the suspect in the case.

    Gessler announced Wednesday that the rape occurred on the grounds of Jubilee Christian Fellowship, 52933 National Road, St. Clairsville. The girl, who turned 12 on Feb. 21, was abducted from her Wheeling neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

    Gessler said the suspect snatched the girl from Kenney Street in North Wheeling and placed her in a pickup truck before he traveled to the Jubilee Christian Fellowship, located east of St. Clairsville near the top of Blaine Hill. She was released near the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church on Bennett Street in Bridgeport less than an hour after the abduction.

    The chief said he does not know if there is anything significant about the girl being raped on the grounds of one local church and then being released near another.

    ~much more at link~
     
  15. SewingDeb

    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    From above link:
    The suspect’s vehicle is described as a full-size pickup truck that is dark or brown in color. It has a light or white stripe about 4 inches wide along the body. The truck may have an extended cab.

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    Meanwhile on Wednesday night, FBI officials interviewed the driver of a pickup truck recovered in Belmont County that matched the description of the truck used in the recent rape and abduction of a Wheeling girl.

    The man and his vehicle were later released, according to Bethesda Police Chief Tim Zdanski.

    The truck was found between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Glenwood Village Apartments in Bethesda, Zdanski said. The discovery was reported to Bethesda police just before 3:30 p.m.

    The chief said a witness saw a man leave the vehicle and then walk east on Ohio 147 toward Belmont. Zdanski said FBI and Wheeling police investigators responded “promptly” after the vehicle was found with a flat, left front tire while taking up two spaces in the parking lot of the apartments. The vehicle was towed to Wayne’s Towing in Belmont.

    Zdanski said FBI and Wheeling police officials were interviewing the owner of the truck around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bethesda Police Department headquarters.

    The chief would not release the man’s name, but he noted the man’s appearance was similar to the description of the suspect in the Wheeling abduction.
     
  16. Jaded

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    This person was ruled out. He apparently had a flat tire and left his truck. Back to square one. They said on the news tonight that they are trying to get national attention on this - I don't know if AMW is involved or not. I hope so.
     
  17. Jaded

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    http://wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=20763

    I'm glad this is going to get national attention. I still think this is a local guy. The area that he raped the little girl is off the beaten path so to speak. He drove about 5 miles away to the next town in Bridgeport and dropped her off. My brother actually called Martins Ferry police because there is a junkyard near his home and the son of the owner drives a brown truck like the one used. He hasn't seen the truck on the roads since this happened.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Just a reminder that AMW is supposed to be featuring this story on their show tonight.
     
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    He has been apprehended! :woohoo:

    WHEELING — DNA and a barbed wire tattoo are two pieces of evidence that led police to the man they believe abducted and raped a North Wheeling girl nearly a year ago.

    Joshua Michael Ridings could face life in prison if convicted of snatching an 11-year-old girl from her neighborhood on Feb. 20 and transporting her to Belmont County to rape her.

    Ridings, 28, was charged with the crime after 10 months of investigations and more than 1,000 tips from the public. In addition, published reports indicate Ridings may have been involved in another sexually related crime in Indiana. He also has been linked to an alleged rape in Kentucky.

    On Friday, law enforcement officials including U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter, Wheeling Police Chief Kevin Gessler, FBI Agent Joseph Sobocinski, Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith, Wheeling police Sgt. John Burke and FBI Special Agent Kevin Deegan said Ridings — a resident of 3007 East Yellowstone Drive, Owensboro, Ky. — had been charged in the North Wheeling rape.

    Potter said Ridings has been charged with crossing a state line with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a person who had not yet attained the age of 12 — a crime that carries a minimum penalty of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison with a $250,000 fine.

    Ridings is being held in the Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro, Ky., on a probation violation for a theft charge.

    Officials said Friday that a DNA analysis performed by the FBI links Ridings to the Ohio County rape. Deegan also said Ridings’ DNA matches that of a suspect in an alleged August 2006 sexual assault of a 30-year-old Leitchfield, Ky., woman inside her home.

    Potter said Ridings had not been charged with the Kentucky rape, noting that the North Wheeling rape charges are the only federal charges pending against him.

    “In addition to the DNA match, Ridings has a barbed-wire tattoo that matches the description of the suspect,” Deegan said.

    http://theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/503679.html

    More articles here: http://theintelligencer.net/?page=search.results
     

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