The Latest on an Ohio man accused of impersonating a missing child (all times local):
A federal magistrate has ordered that a 23-year-old man charged with lying to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois continue to be held without bond.
U.S. Magistrate Karen Litkovitz said Tuesday she considers Brian Michael Rini (REE’-nee), of Medina (meh-DY’-nuh), Ohio, a flight risk because of a long criminal history, mental health issues and lack of a permanent address. She scheduled a preliminary hearing for April 19.
Rini was charged last week after DNA tests ruled him out from being Timmothy Pitzen. The Aurora, Illinois, child disappeared in 2011 at age 6.
Police picked up Rini on Wednesday morning after a report of someone wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky. They said he told them that he was Timmothy and that he had escaped two kidnappers after years of sexual abuse.
A 23-year-old man will go before a U.S. magistrate on a charge that he lied to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois.
Authorities on Friday charged Brian Michael Rini (REE’-nee) of Medina, Ohio, a day after DNA testing ruled him out as being Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. Magistrate Karen Litkovitz had him held without bond pending a hearing Tuesday afternoon.
A jail lists him as 5 feet, 9 inches (175 centimeters), tall and 145 pounds (65.7 kilograms).
Police picked up Rini the morning of April 3 after a report of someone wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky. They said he told them he was Timmothy and that he had escaped two kidnappers.
Timmothy Pitzen disappeared around the time his mother killed herself.