A family friend of Charlotte Sena, 9, says it is clear that the suspect, Craig Ross Jr., planned ahead of time to take her from the park where she was with her family over the weekend.
“It’s clear that this person had some planned goals,” Patrick Cane told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, after Ross was arraigned on kidna*pping charges.
Ross may have known about the Sena family, he said. “I think he may have been aware of them.”
At a news conference Monday night, Gov. Kathy Hochul said that Ross lived only two miles from Charlotte’s family home, which is where his car registration showed.
However, it’s still not clear if Ross went after Charlotte on purpose or just because she was riding her bike through Moreau Lake State Park by herself for a few minutes on Saturday, after camping with her family.
Newsweek says that police will question Ross all day to find out if he had been following Charlotte around, if he is a paedophile, or if he was just a criminal trying to get money from her ransom.
They will also ask his family and friends about where he is and what kind of person he is. At the same time, they will compare his DNA to a database of child abd*uction cases while he stays in jail without bail.
Police have said that Ross is not a registered sex offender. However, the Saratogian reports that in 2017, a man with the same name and age was arrested and charged with criminal obstruction of breathing.
Ross was caught late Monday night after police were able to compare a fingerprint on a ransom note with one he gave them when he was arrested for DWI in Saratoga in 1999.
Two helicopter-borne police units went to a Ballston Spa address where the suspect was parking his camper behind his mom’s house and arrested him “after some resistance” around 6:30 p.m., Hochul said.
The governor said, “Right away, the little girl was found in a cabinet cabinet.” “She knew she was being saved when she was saved.” She was sure she was safe.
The girl’s parents were told that she had been found and seemed to be “physically unharmed,” but she was still taken to a nearby hospital just in case.
Cane said on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning that the girl is doing “very, very well.”
He said, “If you met her parents, you’d say she’ll be fine.” They are the reason she is the way she is.
Cane said, “Her father, whom I know well, is always positive; he’s a fun guy.”
“Of course, they will heal, but it’s a great story about a great family.”