Newly obtained documents reveal a man suspected of plotting a child abduction at Kings Island had an arsenal of weapons and law enforcement materials in his vehicle.
Rodney Grisham, 37, is in Warren County Jail on drug and weapon charges, but prosecutors say they believe he was at the Mason amusement park on July 2 to snatch a child.
A search warrant, obtained Wednesday by The Enquirer after filing an open records request, shows the Texas truck driver had more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition; three guns, one of them a loaded shotgun; three knives; two containers of the chemical irritant Mace and gun parts, including laser sights, grips and a shoulder holster.
Police also found two police hats, two red and blue LED lights, a lock pick set, prescription medication not prescribed to Grisham and more than $16,000 cash in the truck. Among other items seized include several digital media devices, DVDs and video tapes.
Police say they apprehended Grisham after receiving reports he had displayed unusual behavior towards children at the park, at one point trying to snatch a 2-year-old toddler from the child’s older sibling.
Upon questioning, police say Grisham admitted to having firearms in his truck. Officers also discovered he had worn sunglasses containing a hidden video camera which he used to record children at the park throughout the day.
Grisham is charged with three felony counts of possession of a weapon under disability and a misdemeanor count of drug possession. He remains at the Warren County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
Grisham’s criminal history prohibits him from owning a gun, according to police. That history includes a prior sexual offense conviction, but because the victim was unable to testify, the charge was reduced and Grisham was not required to register as a sexual offender, said Mason Prosecutor Bethany Bennett
A Mason judge Thursday denied a request by Grisham’s attorney to lower the bond after prosecutors said Grisham represents a flight risk and a danger to the public.
Both Bennett and Mason Police have declined to comment on the case. Grisham’s attorney, Jeffrey W. Stueve, declined to comment, but told the judge Thursday that his client denies allegations of a child abduction plot.
Grisham faces more than 15 years in prison and a $32,000 fine if convicted of the drug and weapons charges. It is unclear whether additional charges will be brought.