Man snatched 4-year-old from her bed, bound her, locked her in trunk: police

Thomas Dewald

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Police say a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man entered a home’s unlocked front door, snatched a 4-year-old girl from her bed and bound and locked her in a wooden trunk at his grandparents’ house.

Pennsylvania State Police say the child was reported missing at 3:30 a.m. Thursday and was found later that morning in Waynesboro, about 165 miles (265 kilometers) west of Philadelphia, near the Maryland line.

According to an affidavit, state police found a wooden trunk in Thomas Dewald’s bedroom that contained strips of black tape covered in blonde hair, dirt and grass. He faces multiple charges.

Police say Dewald broke into another home on April 28, intending to take a child, but fled.

No attorney is listed in online court documents. A phone listing for Dewald’s grandparents rang busy Tuesday.

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