Jack Henry Doshay, 22, is accused of kidnapping a child at a Solana Beach elementary school two weeks ago.
“The sheriff’s crime lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was in fact on the tape that was removed from the little girl’s face,” a prosecutor said in court on April 9, 2015.
“On March 23, 2015, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the defendant dressed as a baseball player or a coach, he walked onto the Skyline Elementary School property, right as school was letting out and as the children were leaving the campus,” according to prosecutor Ryan Saunders. “He approached a seven-year old girl who was walking by herself; he tricked her by asking her for help.”
The prosecutor said the stranger told the girl to do what he said if she wanted to see her mom again.
“He then moved her from a rather public area of the school towards a more secluded area, against her will,” according to Saunders. This amount of forced movement might technically suffice for the charge of kidnapping, a charge which Doshay denies.
Saunders claimed that Doshay wrapped “clear packing tape” around the child’s mouth, face, and head. “This courageous little girl was able to break free from the defendant. She ran away and screamed for help.”
It was a busy Monday afternoon, during parent–teacher conferences at the school, and adults rushed to the girl’s aid. They removed tape from the child’s face and head, the prosecutor told a judge.
Witnesses saw the assailant run away and then drive off in a black Ford Flex, the prosecutor said; he claimed the vehicle is owned by Doshay’s family.
The alleged victim and one adult witness were able to identify Jack Doshay from a selection of six photos, according to the prosecutor.
Saunders claimed that after the incident, Doshay’s father, Glenn (who owns a part of the Padres baseball team), contacted a third party and said his son was a suspect “and he has done something like this before.” Investigators have not been able to confirm there was another incident because “currently the father is not cooperating with law enforcement,” according to the prosecutor, who also claimed that Doshay’s family tried to prevent that third party from contacting law enforcement.
Defense attorney Paul Pfingst said the prosecutor “egregiously misrepresented” statements made by Doshay’s family.
Attorneys faced off in court to argue the custody status of Doshay, who has been held more than a week without bail.
Prosecutor Saunders described Doshay as an “extreme flight risk” with ties to “many states.” Doshay was born in New York and has family on the East Coast, plus the young man has lived in Washington and Wisconsin while going to schools there, Saunders said. The accused has also traveled to Japan, Norway, and New Zealand in recent years, according to the prosecutor.
“And his family seems to have access to extreme wealth,” the prosecutor told a judge when he asked for bail to be set at $25 million dollars.
Pfingst argued that his client was not a flight risk, saying, “He has done nothing to flee.” The suspect was found nine days after the alleged incident, on April 1, in Orange County, in a home widely characterized as a treatment facility.
The San Diego County sheriff’s department issued a statement saying they had received approximately 150 calls and tips after the incident, and it was attorney Paul Pfingst who directed them to the location of their prime suspect.
“My client has a long history of depression, severe depression,” said Pfingst. He asked for bail to be set at $1 million and stated that Doshay should be transported to a “psychiatric facility.”
Judge William Gentry Jr. set bail at $2.5 million. The judge ordered that if Doshay made bail he would have to wear a GPS monitor, surrender his passport to the court, and be transported by a third party to a locked-down psychiatric facility. Also, he would be subject to search without warrant or cause.
Doshay, 22, pleads not guilty to three charges: kidnapping of a child, false imprisonment, and felony child abuse. He is next due in court on May 6.
Judge Gentry ordered news media to hide the face of the defendant because of identification issues in future hearings.