CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who prosecutors say tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison — the most allowed by law for the crime.
Authorities said 37-year-old Edward Crider snatched the girl on the morning of May 30 when she got off a commuter train in Cleveland. She put up a fight as he dragged her toward some bushes. That's when a passing motorist noticed the struggle and yelled out to them, allowing the girl to break free and run.
Crider was identified through train-station surveillance photos that were broadcast on local TV news.
WJW-TV (http://bit.ly/RURhJz ) reports that the married father of two pleaded guilty last month to abduction with sexual motivations and attempted gross sexual imposition. He was sentenced Tuesday.
Information from: WJW-TV, http://www.fox8.com