Washington County man jailed on charges of attempting to kidnap children

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A Washington County man has been arrested on charges that he tried to kidnap three children after he told them he lost his dog and would give them candy if they found it, police said.

Jerry Linn ​Zgorliski, 55, of Washington, was arraigned today on three counts each of attempted kidnapping, unlawful restraint, luring a child into a vehicle and interfering with the custody of child and a count of driving on a suspended license. He is being held on $1 million bond.

State police in the Washington barracks said shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, Mr. Zgorliski was driving a black Chevrolet S-10 through an alley, where he encountered three children playing in the yard on Wilmington Street in Canton.

He asked the children, 4, 8 and 10, if they would help him find his dog and said he’d give them candy if they found the animal, police said. He got out of the truck and started to run after the children, before he stopped and went back to the vehicle, police said.

He drove to his house around the corner, where police later arrested him.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug 25. An attorney was not listed in online court records.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published August 11, 2014 12:00 AM

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