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Police said child abductors made ransom demand; child safe, hungry and nervous

An 8-year-old boy who was abducted while walking with friends in Southwest Baltimore Monday night has been found safe in a vacant rowhouse just a few blocks from where he lived, a Baltimore police spokesman said.

Darrick Charles Brown was found unharmed in 300 Lyndhurst St. in West Baltimore, and he was being checked out by medics as a precaution, said the spokesman, Agent Donny Moses. Investigators have one suspect in custody and were interviewing him at police headquarters.

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Moses said the suspect in custody is not the man who police named Tuesday morning. The spokesman said detectives are still "actively searching" for Raheem Taylor, 21, as a possible accomplice in the abduction.

The boy had been walking in the 300 block of Gwynn Ave. at about 6:30 p.m., when, witnesses told police, when he was taken by someone driving a green Ford Taurus Monday night, Baltimore police said.

"We live in different times," said City Councilwoman Helen Holton, whose district includes the area where the abduction took place. "When I grew up, when we went out to play, the door wasn't locked, and the neighbors were on watch. I'm just in shock."

The light green, newer model Ford Taurus with two people inside stopped near the group of kids, and one of the people inside the Taurus got out, grabbed Brown and threw him into the trunk before the vehicle sped away, police said.

Moses said that a concerned citizen saw what she thought was suspicious activity at the vacant house.

"That citizen noticed a little boy at the vacant house," he said. "She thought it may have been the little boy we were looking for, and it turns out it was."

Moses said police sped to the house and found the boy inside and alone. "He was a little hungry, still a little nervous," Moses said.

Police said the suspects are not related to the boy but Moses said the abduction was not random. He said the boy was targeted and that his abductors made a ransom demand. The spokesman declined to comment further.

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A law enforcement source who is not authorized to speak about the case said the abduction is related to drugs. Taylor was found guilty of drug distribution in 2009 and sentenced to three years in prison.

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