Man Charged With Kidnapping Attempt

Sunday morning 24-year-old Gabriel Martin of Bradenton was charged with kidnapping, burglary of an occupied dwelling with battery, and violation of probation, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. 

The child’s mother called 911 before 10 a.m. on Sunday and said the man had walked into her hotel room and picked up the child. She was able to get the child away from the man, who ran from the hotel, reported the Tampa Bay Times. 

The Child’s age, the name of the hotel, and other information were not released by the sheriff’s office. The agency sited its interpretation of Marsy’s Law as the reason. Marsy’s Law is a constitutional amendment that’s meant to protect crime victims. The law deprives the public of information that had long been made available under Florida’s public records law. 

Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement, “thankfully, the mother and child were not hurt during the course of this incident.”  

“As a parent myself, I can’t imagine the fear this mother was in when the suspect tried to take her child away from her,” he added. 

A lawyer for Martin was not listed on jail records.