|Kidnapper convicted in eight minutes
RP man could serve term of 11 years in jail
It took only eight minutes for a jury to find a Rohnert Park man guilty of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl.
Timothy Allbritton was convicted for the Aug. 9, 2012 incident. As the girl was walking door-to-door selling pinecones to earn some extra pocket money, she knocked on Allbritton’s door. He opened the door, and she asked if he’d like to buy some pinecones. He then grabbed and discarded the box of pinecones and then pulled the girl into his apartment.
The girl screamed from the moment Allbritton put his hands on her. She tried to prevent him from taking her into his apartment by wedging her foot into the door frame, but the 6-foot, 287-pound Allbritton proved too strong. She managed to escape his grasp after being carried eight feet into his apartment and ran straight home.
The girl suffered no physical damage.
“We are very pleased with this jury verdict and glad the child escaped this situation quickly and without further injury,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said. “Sadly, this case is a reminder of the dangers children may face when approaching the residences of strangers while unaccompanied, even in their own neighborhoods.”
When interviewed by Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety Officer Casey Thompson, Allbritton claimed he thought the little girl was “about to faint,” and he brought her into his apartment to make her feel better. Allbritton explained to the officer that he has “that effect” on females. Allbritton went on to discuss his attraction to the child.
After hearing a half day’s worth of testimony, including that of the 12-year-old girl, the Sonoma County jury reached their guilty verdict in eight minutes. The jury also found true a special allegation the victim was under the age of 14 at the time of the kidnapping. Allbritton faces up to 11 years in prison. He will be sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court on March 26.