Police say porn, cuffs, body bag found in accused child kidnapper's home

Large quantities of pornography, as well as sex paraphernalia, handcuffs and a body bag were found at the Jersey City home of a man charged with kidnapping and trying to take the pants off a 12-year-old girl on Saturday.

The items, particularly the body bag, prompted police on Sunday to search the Colgate Street home of Luigi Pandolfo, 33, with cadaver dogs, but no bodies were found.

The body bag found in Pandolfo's home was likely related to a fetish, authorities said.
Pandolfo was arrested Saturday after the 12-year-old girl told police he grabbed her off the street and held her captive for two hours. The girl said she escaped by slipping out of handcuffs and climbing down a fire escape, officials said.
Pandolfo made his first appearance on the charges this afternoon in Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City via video link from Hudson County jail on Kearny. Later in the day his bail was set at $500,000 cash or bond by Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale.


"You are charged with committing the act of sexual contact upon on a minor ... for the purpose of sexually arousing and sexually gratifying yourself, or to humiliate or degrade the victim at the time the victim was 12 years of age," CJP Judge Richard Nieto read from the complaint.
The defendant seemed calm through most of the court appearance, but on a couple of occasions he clasped his head with both hands as if overwhelmed.


Maria Pandolfo, 68, the defendant's mother, wept when her son appeared on the TV monitor.
Maria Pandolfo, who speaks Italian almost exclusively and still wears black after her husband's death three years ago, stressed to reporters her son "is a good boy."
The victim said that at 7:30 p.m. she was riding her bike when Pandolfo grabbed her as she passed his home, reports said. She said he took her into a second-floor room he shares with his mother, locked the door and handcuffed her. But his mother kept banging on the door and yelling to him, police said.


Pandolfo then took the girl to an unoccupied house directly behind his home and returned to his residence, police said.
Hearing the mother and son arguing, the girl slipped out of the handcuffs and made it to safety by climbing down the fire escape, police said. She was later treated at the Jersey City Medical Center for bruises on both wrists consistent with having been handcuffed, police said.


Maria Pandolfo said police had the story wrong.
She said today her son was trying to give away three cats and the girl expressed an interest and went into the house to see which one she liked best. She said the girl was in the house only five minutes before leaving.


The girl then returned with her mother saying she had been held for two hours, Maria Pandolfo said in Italian.
The mother said her son has never been in trouble and prosecutors confirmed he has no criminal history.

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