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Manchester girl chases down 'tweaking' abductor to get sister, 6, back

Union Leader Correspondent

August 20. 2015 3:50AM
Cienna Lukegord, 9, demonstrates how she and Kristen Winslow, 11, jumped a fence, rushing to the aid of Cienna's 6-year-old sister on Cleveland Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Cienna Lukegord was playing in a kiddie pool with two friends Tuesday afternoon when she looked up to see a strange man leading her 6-year-old sister by the hand down the street.

“Hey, that’s my sister!” Cienna yelled, then got out of the pool. Barefoot and in her swimsuit, she said she ran about 80 feet, scaled a 4-foot, chain-link fence and sprinted onto Cleveland Street after her sister. Close on her heels was her friend, 11-year-old Kristen Winslow, who also hopped the fence.

Cienna, 9, quickly caught up to the man and grabbed her sister’s arm. Police later identified the man as Timothy Wallingford of 181 Brown Road, Candia.

Wallingford, 30, told investigators he was “tweaking out” after injecting crystal methamphetamine and hadn’t slept in two weeks.

Police were already looking for Wallingford an hour before the alleged abduction, after a man was reported as acting strangely inside TD Bank at 293 South Main St.

Bank employees reported a man fumbling with deposit slips and pamphlets, and thought he was either casing the bank or planning to rob it.

He wrote the name “Timothy Wallingford” on a pamphlet, handed it to the teller, mumbled something and then left.

Later, he stood at the ATM drive-up for about 30 minutes, refusing to let customers use the machine. The man left before police arrived.

At his arraignment Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and disorderly conduct, police prosecuting Lt. Stephen Reardon asked Judge Gregory Michael in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester to set bail at $100,000 cash. He said Wallingford poses an “extreme danger” to the community.

Though police could not find any arrest record for Wallingford, Reardon said the incident was very disturbing and that “we can only speculate what the intention was.”

“I think it’s a little ridiculous,” Wallingford said about the amount of bail.

Michael set the bail at $100,000, cash only, and scheduled a probable cause hearing for Sept. 2.

Teresa Lukegord said her 6-year-old, who has a disability, was shaken up by the incident — as was Cienna.

“I’m very proud of her,” she said of Cienna.

Christel Dawson, mother of Kristen Winslow, was equally proud of her daughter and the fact that both Cienna and Kristen chased after the stranger, saving seconds that could have made a difference in the outcome.

After pulling the 6-year-old to safety, the girls alerted both moms, who were inside the Winslows’ 50 Cleveland St. apartment.

“My heart just fell through,” Teresa Lukegord said

The two mothers, Dawson carrying her 3-month-old son, then pursued the alleged abductor.

“What are you, a pedophile?” Lukegord said she yelled at the man who by then was knocking on doors in the neighborhood and allegedly trying to get into a parked car. “Why did you take my daughter?”

“I’m an FBI agent,” she said Wallingford told her. Then he told her he had just sold crystal meth to Dawson.

“What, are you on drugs?” Dawson asked him. Wallingford, both women said, threw up his hands and said, “Duh!’

He kept on walking, heading to Family Dollar, 130 West Hancock St., where police said he tried to get into cars and get a ride.

The two women continued to follow him at a safe distance, Dawson ahead of Lukegord, who was on her cell phone to police.

Officers caught up with him at Family Dollar, where the mothers said he ran inside and tried to hide in the back, where he was taken into custody.

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