Thursday, 16 November 2023 13:54

Saratoga Man Accused of Child Abduction Indicted

Craig N. Ross Jr., depicted in a mug shot released by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 3, 2023 Craig N. Ross Jr., depicted in a mug shot released by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 3, 2023

SARATOGA COUNTY — The 46-year-old local man suspected of abducting a 9-year-old girl in September was indicted by a Saratoga County grand jury. 

Craig N. Ross Jr., was charged with kidnapping in the first-degree, a felony, shortly after being taken into custody in early October. Ross was arraigned at Milton Town Court and sent to Saratoga County Correctional Facility without bail. 

An arraignment on the grand jury indictment is scheduled to take place Nov. 17 when any potential additional charges are anticipated to be made known. 

The 9-year-old girl went missing Sept. 30 while on a bike ride in Moreau Lake State Park. 

The Oct. 2 arrest followed the issue of an AMBER alert, and the discovery of a ransom note left in the family mailbox of the abducted girl’s home, according to authorities. Fingerprints on the letter were entered into the New York State database and a match was made involving a DWI in 1999 in Saratoga Springs. 

The subsequent investigation led authorities to a camper where the girl was located safe and in good health by state police, and Ross taken into custody, authorities said.   

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  • Saratoga County Court Craig N. Ross, Jr., 46, of Ballston Spa, was arraigned on a nine-count indictment Nov. 17. The indictment charges Ross with felony kidnapping in the first-degree, felony assault in the second-degree, two felony counts of sexual abuse in the first-degree, four felony counts predatory sexual assault against a child, and endangering the welfare, of a child, a misdemeanor. Through his attorney, Ross entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment. Ross was sent to jail without bail and is scheduled to return to court Dec. 21.  The charges are in connection with incidents alleged to have taken place…

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