Sunday, July 27, 2008

Urgent Massachusetts Area

Amber Alert: Dad allegedly kidnaps girl
By Mike Underwood and O’Ryan Johnson | Monday, July 28, 2008 | | Local Coverage

A 7-year-old, blond-haired beauty and the dad who allegedly snatched her from a Back Bay street during a supervised visit were the focus of an intense police hunt last night, as new details emerged of a valiant social worker’s desperate attempt to thwart the kidnapping.

Boston police said Clark Rockefeller was on a supervised visit with his daughter, Reigh Rockefeller, when he pushed the male social worker and whisked his little girl into the back of a waiting SUV on Marlborough Street at 12:44 p.m. yesterday.

But the determined social worker grabbed the back of the SUV and was dragged along the street for a short distance as he tried in vain to stop Rockefeller from fleeing the scene, police said.

“The social worker started to chase, grabbed the vehicle and was dragged for a short distance. He is going to be OK,” said Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.

Rockefeller, who police say is in his 50s, allegedly launched the violent abduction as they walked toward the Public Gardens.

Police said the SUV sped toward Berkeley Street and headed for Storrow Drive. A State Police Amber Alert was issued for the girl yesterday afternoon for the girl.

The girl and her mother, who both live in London, had been staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, police sources said.

Boston police said Rockefeller may also be using the names Clark Mills or James Frederick.

An arrest warrant was issued last night for Rockefeller on charges of custodial kidnapping, assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Reigh Rockefeller, whose nickname is “Snooks,” is 4 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and has blue eyes and blond hair. She was last seen wearing a pink and white sundress and red shoes. She also wears prescription glasses.

Clark Rockefeller is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds, is of stocky build, has thinning blond hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a blue Lacoste shirt and khaki pants.

The car is described as possibly a black Chevy Tahoe or Suburban or GMC Yukon or Denali with a Red Sox [team stats] sticker on the right rear passenger side and Red Sox license plates.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Reigh Rockefeller, Clark Rockefeller, or the vehicle they are traveling in should call 911 or 617-343-4328 immediately.

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