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Arrest Made in Attempted Abduction at Fashion Square Mall

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The man police believe tried to abduct a 2-year-old girl from her parents Saturday at Fashion Square Mall is behind bars. Police say it was a tip from the public that led to the arrest.

Forty-six-year-old James Key from Palmyra has been arrested and charged with one count of felony abduction.

The incident happened Saturday when Key allegedly took the little girl right from her parents. The girl's quick-thinking father was able to get her back and Fashion Square Mall security detained the suspect.

Mall security has been the subject of harsh criticism for not turning the suspect over to police. They chose instead to escort him off mall property.

Police say someone who saw the surveillance pictures helped break the case.

Albemarle County Police spokesperson Carter Johnson said, "We received a number of tips after we released that picture, so that just shows how important it is for the partnership with the community. We rely on them, especially in a case like this. If we hadn't had information from the public, we wouldn't have been able to make an arrest."

Key is being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. He will be in Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Friday for a bond hearing.


Albemarle County Police Department
Press Release

With the help of the community, the Albemarle County Police Department has made an arrest in the abduction at Fashion Square Mall.

On Thursday, November 29, 2012 detectives arrested James Kevin Key and charged him with one count of abduction, a felony offense.   Key is 46 years old and a resident of Palmyra. 
Key‘s arrest is the result on an investigation after an abduction occurred at Fashion Square Mall on Saturday, November 24th, 2012.  Key picked up a two-year old child from behind and began walking away from her parents.  The parents were close by and quickly intervened and took the child back.

In situations like this, we rely on our partnership with the public to provide us with leads and information.   We were able to show a picture from surveillance video and asked for the community's help in identifying the suspect.   In this case, that information led us to Key and ultimately, to his arrest.  We appreciate all the tips and believe this shows how important the community is in helping us solve crimes.

Key is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and will have a bond hearing tomorrow at 1:30 at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Carter Johnson
Public Information Officer

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