Arrest was made in a 20-year-old kidnapping case in Somerset County


The state police of Somerset said on Wednesday that they arrested a man who is suspected to have assaulted and kidnapped a 10-year-old girl almost twenty years ago.

The man is named Timothy David Nelson, 50 years old, from 30 block of Mullen Street in Cumberland, Maryland. During a press release, the police wrote that he forcibly takes the girl from the street of Cairnbrook in Shade Township village on September 19, 1999.

Timothy put the girl inside his vehicle, then drove the victim to a remote location of West Virginia,  assaulted her, then released her on the same day, according to the state police.

During that time, the state police were notified of the crime. Members of numerous agencies and Trooper Jeff Brock conducted an extensive investigation after the incident, but they developed no leads.

In 2004, using DNA analysis the police suspected that Nelson was linked to two other unsolved kidnappings– both of them took place in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1988. However, no further leads were developed.

According to the press release, it was through fingerprint evidence that allowed the police to identify Nelson as the suspect of the crimes in late 2018. He was arrested on Tuesday morning by the state police at the Cumberland Police Department.

Nelson was charged in Somerset County with 23 counts, including 16 felonies, according to court documents. The charges against him includes rape, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and aggravated indecent assault.

A scheduled press conference will take place on Thursday morning.