Man arrested at Kings Island for allegedly trying to kidnap child had 4k rounds of ammo

Posted Monday, July 15, 2013 6:55 PM | Contributed by Lord Gonchar

A 37-year-old Texas trucker accused of trying to snatch a child at Kings Island had three guns and 4,000 rounds of ammunition in his truck, officials said at his court appearance Thursday.

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Monday, July 15, 2013 7:27 PM


Monday, July 15, 2013 8:02 PM

What a strange story. Is Diamondback a well-known hangout for pedophiles, or what? Why not Vortex, or even one of the wave pools at Soak City?

Did this guy have Google glass and the cops just called them his sunglasses?

Monday, July 15, 2013 8:12 PM

Thank goodness "someone" reported him before he either got a child or had the opportunity to retrieve his 4,000 rounds of ammunition. That unnamed person is a real hero.

Monday, July 15, 2013 8:23 PM

He had a video recorder in his glasses. Much less expensive than a $1500 ripoff from Google.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:31 AM

Of course he was acting suspiciously. If you are going to bother with video camera glasses in an amusement park, you should be shooting coaster POV, not trying to peep on misbehaving children!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:25 AM

Come on, guys. He just wanted to get a construction update on 2014's invert. Stop giving him such a hard time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:07 PM

Only 3 guns and 4,000 rounds of ammo. And he calls himself a real Texan - Pffftt!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:58 PM

^^Or perhaps he was just extremely prepared to get The Great Pumpkin Coaster credit.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:07 PM

This is similar to the topic about the gun found on the Animal Kingdom ride. About the ammo - I said it once and I'll say it again - you don't really a weapon) at an amusement park. And don't try to make it even more unsafe by trying to kidnap a child! This is just ridiculous.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:58 PM

So you're anti-kidnapping, then? Interesting... very interesting.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 4:05 PM

You can say it once and then again, but I think it all goes without saying...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:30 PM

I got chills reading this. So glad someone saw him and reported him. That's some seriously creepy stuff right there.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 4:01 AM

What an idiot! Everyone knows the best place to kidnap children is the supermarket when the parents' backs are turned!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:40 AM

This park removed their metal detectors. He could have easily brought some of that ammo/gun into the park and killed someone if he wanted to.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:37 PM

Because medal detectors stop all forms of violence.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:58 PM

They work if you want to keep Michael Phelps out of your park, though.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:57 PM

But this guy wasn't carrying gun or ammo in the park. The fact that he was so armed is really not particularly important to the incident except to offer additional insight into the man's...uh..."character". He COULD have brought a gun and ammunition into the park and killed someone if he wanted to. Obviously that isn't what he wanted.

Given the type and number of incidents that do happen (or are stopped) in amusement parks, could it be that checkpoint searches for guns, knives, and worst of all, sandwiches might not be the most effective means of preventing bad things from happening?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 7:07 PM

To me, following your instincts when you see something potentially dangerous (esp. those involving children), and sticking with the principle of "if you see something, say something" means law enforcement has the kind of help they can REALLY use...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 3:15 PM

super7* said:

This park removed their metal detectors. He could have easily brought some of that ammo/gun into the park and killed someone if he wanted to.

That's the park's flaw, then. Not saying that the kidnapper should've brought the gun, I'm saying an amusement park is full of people; therefore all safety precautions should be taken.


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