Churchton man charged in abduction, attempted assault of 12-year-old girl

ANNAPOLIS - A Churchton man is facing charges after police say he abducted a 12-year-old girl and tried to sexually assault her over the weekend.

Cordell Salisbury, 52, is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense, attempted third-degree sex offense, sexual solicitation of a minor, indecent exposure and kidnapping a child under the age of 16.

The charges stem from a Saturday incident in Annapolis.

Around 3:09 p.m. Annapolis Police were called to the area of Skippers Lane and South Cherry Grove Avenue to talk to a girl who said she has just been abducted, according to police.

The girl told officers she was walking in the area when a man she didn't know, later identified as Salisbury, allegedly pulled her into his vehicle, drove her to a nearby street and tried to assault her, police said.

The girl was able to get out of the vehicle and run away. She was not injured.

She led officers to the 1100 block of Belle Drive where the vehicle was parked when she jumped out of it. The vehicle was still there, but no one was inside it.

Salisbury is the registered owner of the vehicle and Detectives arrested Salisbury at a home in the 100 block of Brightwater Drive just after midnight Sunday. He is not a registered sex offender.

Salisbury was being held Monday morning at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on a temporary commitment pending a hearing with the district court commissioner.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Det. Charles Bealefeld, 410-278-9000 ext. 7299.

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