Police officials said a man was arrested on multiple charges after entering a hotel room near Tampa and taking a child.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Gabriel Martin, 24, from Bradenton, was charged with kidnapping, robbery of a busy battery and violating surveillance.
The child’s mother called 911 at 9:41 am and said that the man entered the hotel room and took the child. The Tampa Bay Times reported that she had managed to keep the child away from the man who escaped from the hotel.
Information including the age of the child or the hotel has not been released by the sheriff’s office due to the agency’s interpretation of Marcy Law, a constitutional amendment designed to protect crime victims. The law deprives the public of information long provided under the Florida Public Records Act.
“Fortunately, the mother and child were not injured during this incident,” Sheriff Chad Cronster said in a statement. “As a parent myself, I cannot imagine the fear this mother was when the suspect tried to banish her child from her.”
Kronester said Martin would bear the maximum of law.
Martin’s attorney was not included in prison records.