Clearwater man plotted to ‘snatch’ and rape child, throw her in trunk, police say

Pinellas County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Clearwater man who had allegedly plotted to abduct and rape a young child has been arrested, police said.

Jacob Holman, 26, was arrested at his Clearwater home early Thursday morning and is currently being held at a Pinellas County jail without bond.

Police said they learned of Holman’s intentions after they were called to a domestic dispute at his home. In his possession, police found several materials that would “aid in the facilitation of the abduction of a small child with the intent to commit a felonious act.” Those materials included duct tape, some gloves, a first aid kit, condoms, a shovel and a flashlight.  Police said he began collecting the items 72 hours before his arrest.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Detectives also found child pornography on Holman’s phone. There was also a list, which mentioned that he intended to “snatch a lil [sic] girl” and “throw” her in a trunk.

Investigators said Holman used his cell phone to record a “live video” of a 5-year-old child at a local store. It’s unclear if the child was his intended victim.

Holman reportedly admitted to taking the video and making the list, but did not explain why he did it.

Clearwater Police Major Natalia Illich-Hailey was hesitant to speculate on Holman’s motives post kidnapping..

“It’s hard to speculate what’s in one’s mind, but obviously when we look at it, that was a concern,” Illich-Hailey said.

Police say they found out about Holman’s intentions while they were investigating a domestic dispute at the home.

The criminal complaint goes on to say Holman did attempt to fill his gas tank for a trip to Ocala. He admitted making the list, and the video, but didn’t give a reason why.

Fran Nochella lives around the corner from the home. She, like many of her neighbors, is shocked.

“It’s very disturbing,” Nochella said. “You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.”

Holman was arrested on charges of attempted kidnapping and possession of child pornography.

Authorities said he has previous arrests for domestic assault and drug possession.

“So often in this profession we see the tragic outcome after a heinous crime is committed,” said Police Chief Dan Slaughter. “This is one of those rare occasions where we were fortunate to be able to intervene before the crime happened.  I can’t be more grateful for the citizen reporting a concern and for the great work by our detectives in the Crimes Against Children and Families Unit.”

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