Ohio Family Says Dallas Truck Driver Tried to Abduct Toddler at Amusement Park

Man charged with gun, drug violations allegedly had sunglasses with camera that recorded video of children

By Ben Russell
|  Thursday, Jul 11, 2013  |  Updated 12:05 AM CDT
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An Ohio family says a Dallas truck driver arrested on gun and drug violations tried to kidnap their 2-year-old boy at an amusement park.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

An Ohio family says a Dallas truck driver arrested on gun and drug violations tried to kidnap their 2-year-old boy at an amusement park.

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The family of an Ohio toddler says a Dallas truck driver attempted to abduct the 2-year-old from an amusement park there.

Rodney Grisham, 37, is charged with gun and drug violations in connection to the incident at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, on July 2.

Prosecutors say Grisham was wearing sunglasses that are equipped with a video camera that he used to capture video of children at the park that day.

Grisham reportedly approached a 2-year-old boy and attempted to pick him up while he was in line for a roller coaster, according to family members who spoke with NBC station WLWT-TV. In addition, he reportedly placed his sunglasses on the child's face.

According to police, family members confronted Grisham, who then ran away. The family spoke with park security, who contacted police.

Officers found Grisham in the park a short time later.

Three guns, a stun gun, prescription drugs not in his name, and children's videos and toys were inside Grisham's tractor-trailer, which was parked in the Kings Island parking lot.

Grisham is facing a weapons charge because he was previously convicted of a felony.

The boy's family is asking that Grisham also be charged with attempted child abduction.

Grisham is due back in an Ohio courtroom Thursday.

The address listed on Grisham's Texas driver's license is in the 3800 block of Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. A check of the address reveals it is a mailbox at a UPS store.

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