Felony charges were filed Wednesday against an Agua Dulce man who allegedly kidnapped a 2-year-old girl at knife-point from a mobile home park and then pulled a knife on the toddler’s grandfather when he tried to intervene.
Thomas Ray Dillingham, 40, pleaded not guilty to one count each of kidnapping a victim under 14, with an allegation that he used a knife during the crime, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Dillingham is accused of snatching the girl from the mobile home park in the 12700 block of Sierra Highway, where he and the child’s grandparents both live, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 21.
“The suspect pulled a knife on the 2-year-old’s grandfather and grabbed the little girl,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Aguilera.
Dillingham allegedly refused to return the girl after her grandfather followed him to his trailer in the same mobile home park in the Sleepy Valley area of Santa Clarita .
The child was rescued shortly after deputies arrived at the mobile home park and took the suspect into custody, Aguilera said.
The girl was unhurt and was returned to her family after being taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to the sheriff’s department.
Dillingham is due back in a San Fernando courtroom April 12, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted of the charges, Dillingham could face up to 30 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.