Suspect Identified in Kidnapping of Phoenix Girl

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police have identified a suspect accused of kidnapping and molesting a 5-year-old girl before a patrol officer spotted his car and helped rescue the child.

Forty-five-year-old Larry Jon Ladwig was booked into jail early Saturday on charges of kidnapping, sexual molestation of a child, aggravated assault of a police officer and felony flight. It's
unclear whether Ladwig has a lawyer.

The girl was rescued at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, more than seven hours after police believe Ladwig kidnapped her while she was playing outside a Phoenix apartment building.

The Associated Press is not reporting the girl's name because she may be the victim of a sex crime. The AP had named the girl after her abduction Friday.

Police say the girl is doing well and called her rescue a "Christmas miracle."


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