- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 5, 2008

BALTIMORE (AP) | A Massachusetts man accused of abducting his 7-year-old daughter planned to start a new life here, where his recent purchase of a nearly half-million-dollar home helped lead to his arrest, authorities said Monday.

The man known as Clark Rockefeller, 48, was arrested over the weekend when authorities lured him out of his new home by calling him and saying that his 26-foot catamaran at a nearby marina was taking on water. Mr. Rockefeller’s daughter, Reigh Boss, was inside the home unharmed.

The girl had been missing since the previous weekend, when authorities said Mr. Rockefeller took her during a supervised visit in Boston.

Mr. Rockefeller was arraigned here on Monday and agreed to be taken to Massachusetts to face several charges there, including abduction of a minor and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is expected in Boston on Tuesday, said Jake Wark, a spokesman from the district attorney’s office in Suffolk County, Mass.

Mr. Rockefeller, who was wearing a blue polo shirt, khaki pants and glasses, did not have an attorney present at Monday’s short hearing.

The real estate firm that sold Mr. Rockefeller his new home recognized him from news reports and tipped authorities to his whereabouts. But agents at the firm knew the man as Charles “Chip” Smith, one of several aliases the man used, said authorities, who are trying to determine his real identity.

Mr. Rockefeller approached Baltimore’s Obsidian Realty late last year. He asked real estate agents to help him find a two- or three-bedroom home for him and his daughter while he relocated from Chile.

The firm helped him find temporary housing and gave him access to its offices to use the Internet until agents arranged the purchase of his home in mid-July.

The girl went missing when she and her dad were walking with a social worker near Boston’s Public Gardens, authorities have said. A black sport utility vehicle with a Red Sox license plate pulled up to the curb and Mr. Rockefeller was seen pulling the girl inside. The social worker attempted to grab the SUV door and was dragged a short distance, suffering minor injuries, authorities said.

Reigh lives with her mother, Sandra Boss, who works in London. Mrs. Boss married Mr. Rockefeller on Nantucket in 1995 and filed for divorce in January last year, with the final decree coming in December.

During their 12-year marriage, the couple lived a lavish lifestyle. They owned a brownstone near Sen. John Kerry’s home in Boston’s tony Beacon Hill and a mansion in Cornish, N.H., a summer resort favored by artists and writers.

Mr. Rockefeller had served as a director at Boston’s exclusive Algonquin Club, but resigned about three months ago.

Police had suspected that Mr. Rockefeller was planning to flee to Bermuda or Peru on a 72-foot Long Island yacht named “Serenity.” But they later said Mr. Rockefeller may have planted false clues to throw off the investigation.

In addition to using the Smith name, Mr. Rockefeller called himself Chip MacLaughlin early this summer when he bought the catamaran from a North Baltimore man, the Baltimore Sun reported Monday. Mr. Rockefeller told the boat’s former owner Bruce Boswell that he owned Obsidian Realty, and Mr. Boswell saw him punch in the entry code to the company’s offices, the Sun reported.

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