Clark Rockefeller, suspected of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter in Boston last week, was taken into custody in Baltimore today, law enforcement officials said.
Rockefeller was arrested outside an apartment he had rented in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore. His daughter, Reigh Boss, was found unharmed inside the apartment, police said.
When she saw the faces of Baltimore FBI agents and police, the girl reportedly cried out, "I'm so happy to see nice people," FBI Special Agent Noreen Gleason said today at a news conference.
Boston Police Department Deputy Superintendent Thomas Lee said that when Reigh's terrified mother, Sandra Boss, heard the news that her daughter had been rescued, she collapsed into his arms.
"I caught her. She fainted dead away," Lee said. "She was overjoyed."
Boss is reportedly on her way to reunite with Reigh and has spoken to the girl on the phone, police said.
When the two spoke, Reigh told her mother, "Daddy left me alone but these nice people came to get me," according to Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department.
Local FBI agents and Baltimore police, tipped off to Rockefeller's location from a call from a concerned citizen, were able to arrest Rockefeller after luring him out of the Ploy Street apartment with a ruse, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said.
Rockefeller had docked a 26-foot catamaran at the nearby Anchorage marina. Law enforcement agents called Rockefeller from the marina and said the boat was taking on water, Davis said. Rockefeller was arrested as soon as he left the apartment.
Rockefeller faces charges including custodial kidnapping and assault and battery. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Baltimore on Monday.
His arrest may shed light on the background of the man who goes by the name Clark Rockefeller, which still remains a mystery to police. "We're still efforting his real identity," Davis said.
Rockefeller allegedly implied to friends and acquaintances that he was a member of the storied Rockefeller clan, as well as allegedly claiming that he was a physicist and a philanthropist.
But as police began investigating him, they found that facts about Rockefeller, who allegedly also went by several other aliases, were hard to come by. Authorities were unable to find a valid social security number or marriage certificate for Rockefeller; one police official described him as a "ghost."
Authorities believe Rockefeller kidnapped Reigh during a supervised visit on Sunday. The alleged abduction set off a week-long search for the pair, with suspected sightings called in to police from around the country and as far away as the Caribbean island Turks and Caicos.
Police initially suspected that Rockefeller may have fled the country on a recently purchased catamaran, after he allegedly told friends in Boston about wanting to travel to Alaska, Peru and Bermuda on the yacht.
Driscoll today described the catamaran found in Baltimore as a "real fixer-upper. It would have been tough to get far in it."
Police said it was still unclear if Rockefeller planned to flee on the boat.
During the alleged abduction, a black SUV pulled up and Rockefeller allegedly lifted the child into the car, eluding a social worker who was overseeing the visitation with his daughter and tried to stop the vehicle.