Suspect Charged with Two Counts of Attempted Kidnapping in Olney

A 29-year-old is facing several charges after attempting to kidnap two women from a grocery store in Olney, according to a statement from Montgomery County Department of Police.

MCPD confirmed to MyMCM that Kenon Leonard of Olney was charged with the kidnapping and assault of a 45-year old and 42-year-old at Harris Teeter on July 23.

At approximately 3 p.m. on July 16, officers responded to a report of an assault that had just occurred at Harris Teeter. The 45-year old victim stated that she was inside the store when the suspect approached her, grabbed her arm, and forcefully told her to come with him. The victim was then able to break free of the suspect and flee.

As the suspect was exiting the store, he approached the 42-year-old victim who was walking inside the store from the parking lot and told her to come with him. The suspect attempted to grab her arm, but the victim was able to pull away. The suspect then fled the scene.

The victims and witnesses provided officers with a physical description of the subject. Officers then located an individual matching the suspect’s description, walking in the area of Route 108 and Prince Phillip Drive.

Leonard was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives. During the interview, Leonard acknowledged his involvement in the incidents.

Following the interview, Leonard was taken to the Central Processing Unit and charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, and second-degree assault. He is being held without bond.

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Gracie Tanner

About Gracie Tanner

Gracie Tanner is a freelance journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She is also a junior at the University of Maryland.

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