Man high on drugs charged with kidnapping after trying to lead 6-year-old from her yard

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MANCHESTER, NH –A Candia man who told the police he was under the influence of drugs and short on sleep was charged with disorderly conduct and kidnapping, after a string of incidents that ended with his arrest after he allegedly attempted to lead a 6-year-old child away from her front yard.

Timothy Wallingford, 30, of Candia was arrested Aug. 18 by Manchester Police, who provided the following narrative:

At approximately 3:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to TD Bank, 293 South Main St., for a suspicious person. The bank manager reported a white male subject with multiple tattoos, later identified as Wallingford, had entered the bank acting strange. He was fumbling with deposit slips and pamphlets. He wrote his name on a pamphlet handing it to the teller, mumbled and left without completing a transaction. Wallingford then stood at the drive-up ATM for several minutes, refusing to allow customers the use of the ATM. While officers were en route, the male left on foot. Officers checked the surrounding area where they were told by the Walgreen’s clerk that this same subject attempted to purchase $900 worth of gift cards by holding up his cell phone as payment. The clerk told the male to leave the store.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. officer’s were dispatched to Family Dollar at 130 W. Hancock St. Officer’s spoke with a female complainant, who reported this same man had approached her 6-year-old daughter in front of 50 Cleveland St., took the child by the hand and started to walk away with her. The child had been playing in the front yard with her sister, age 9. Seeing this occur, the 9-year-old ran to her sister, grabbed her hand and pulled her away. They immediately notified their mother. The mother, Teresa Lukegord, located Wallingford as he was trying to randomly enter a van parked on the street and banging on random doors. Lukegord tried to confront Wallingford. He appeared to be high on drugs, rambling that he had sold crystal meth to the children. Lukegord then followed the suspect to the Family Dollar where officers located him inside the store. Wallingford told the officers at the time of his arrest that “he was tweeking out.” Wallingford said that he had had been injecting crystal meth and had not slept in two weeks.

Wallingford was charged with disorderly conduct and kidnapping. Wallingford was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Wednesday August 19.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, contact Hope for NH Recovery, a peer counseling center at 122 Market St., to find out about treatment options.

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