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Man sought in girl's kidnapping captured in Grantsville

August 18, 2010

GRANTSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a man accused of kidnapping, beating and choking a 6-year-old girl after he had been at large for more than a week.

The Combined County Criminal Investigation unit arrested 44-year-old Stephen Westfall Tuesday about 5:45 p.m. behind a church in Grantsville.

Police say Westfall traveled the Allegheny Highlands Trail to Pittsburgh, then returned to Grantsville.

He is charged with kidnapping of a child younger than 16, attempted first-degree murder and other offenses. He was ordered held without bond.

Westfall is suspected in the abduction Aug. 5 of a Cumberland, Md., girl who told police a man resembling Westfall enticed her into a van, drove to a rural area and then choked her and hit her in the head with a rock.

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