Suspect in Charlotte Sena Kidnapping Has Been Arrested Multiple Times in the Past

Charlotte Sena; Craig Ross Jr.
Charlotte Sena, left, and Craig Ross, proper.Photograph:

Nationwide Heart of Lacking and Exploited Youngsters; Saratoga County Jail

The person charged with kidnapping Charlotte Sena has been arrested a number of instances prior to now, albeit on a lot lesser fees than the one he at the moment faces.

Charlotte, 9, was discovered protected two days after she was kidnapped whereas using her bike on a tenting journey Saratoga County, N.Y.

Craig Nelson Ross Jr., 46, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, New York State Police mentioned. He was linked to the crime when his fingerprints, stemming from a 1999 DWI, matched a print discovered on a ransom observe from Charlotte’s kidnapper, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul mentioned in a Monday press convention.

Ross was arrested Monday night after the print match led authorities to his mom’s tackle, at which a camper was discovered parked within the rear, Hochul mentioned. Charlotte was discovered inside a cupboard within the camper and was later dropped at the hospital.

Citing courtroom paperwork, FOX Information reported that Ross pleaded responsible to the 1999 DWI, which resulted in a advantageous and a suspended driver’s license for 90 days. The outlet reported that he later obtained a conditional discharge, paperwork mentioned.

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Ross was additionally arrested in April 2017 following a bodily home dispute, throughout which, police alleged, he “reportedly utilized strain on the throat of the sufferer throughout the altercation,” a spokesperson for New York State Police tells PEOPLE.

The 2017 case was then turned over to the Saratoga County District Legal professional’s Workplace, which didn’t instantly reply to an inquiry searching for extra info.

Ross was arraigned on the first-degree kidnapping cost in Milton City Court docket early Tuesday morning, in keeping with a memorandum obtained by PEOPLE. In keeping with the memo, Ross is accused of kidnapping Charlotte and writing a “ransom letter with the intent to compel the fee of monies as ransom for her.”

A spokesperson for the Milton City Court docket mentioned Ross is scheduled to look for a preliminary listening to Friday at 9 a.m., although he can waive his look, through which case his subsequent courtroom look can be Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Craig Ross Jr. who is being held on kidnapping charges related to Charlotte Sena.
Craig Ross Jr.

Saratoga County Jail

Ross is being represented by Saratoga County Battle Defender George Conway, who declined to remark when reached by PEOPLE.

State police mentioned extra fees in opposition to Ross are anticipated. He’s at the moment being held at Saratoga County Jail with out bail.

Charlotte’s household launched an announcement, shared with PEOPLE, thanking the primary responders who helped find the 9-year-old.

“We’re thrilled that she is dwelling and we perceive that the result will not be what each household will get, the assertion reads. “An enormous thanks to the FBI, the New York State police, all the companies that had been mobilized, all the households, associates, group, neighbors and a whole lot of volunteers who supported us and labored tirelessly to deliver Charlotte dwelling.”

A GoFundMe was additionally began by the household, and has raised greater than $40,000 in two days.

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