We are learning new details about the criminal history of a man who allegedly claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, an IL boy who disappeared almost eight years ago.
Brian Rini, from Medina, Ohio, was detained in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Rini appeared briefly in federal court Friday morning where the charges were explained to him. The FBI has identified him as the person who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in IL in 2011 at the age of six. He was released from an OH prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year for burglary and vandalism.
A day of false hope has given way to questions about why Rini would claim to be an IL boy who disappeared eight years ago.
Brian Rini of Medina, Ohio, was jailed in Cincinnati on Thursday, a day after he identified himself to authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.
Even after Rini was advised of his rights and warned against making false statements, he continued to insist he was Pitzen and that he had escaped from a hotel where he had been forced to have sex with men against his will, the affidavit said. "Timmothy's father is devastated once again".
The charge should send a message about the damage such false claims can do, said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman.
"I know in my heart that he's absolutely alive, a hundred percent", his aunt, Kara Jacobs, said in an interview past year for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Pitzen was last seen in May 2011 with his mother, who pulled him out of school in Aurora, Illinois, a far-west suburb of Chicago, took him on a trip to a zoo and a water park, and then committed suicide in a motel room, leaving behind a cryptic note on her son's whereabouts.
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"While this is not the results we had hoped for, the outpouring of victim, law enforcement and community support gives everyone hope that we'll find Timmothy", Brown said.
"He walked up to my auto and he went, 'Can you help me?' " a 911 caller told dispatchers, according to the affiliate. "Please help me.' I asked him what's going on, and he tells me he's been kidnapped and he's been traded through all these people and he just wanted to go home".
Police checked Red Roof Inns in the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky areas but did not find any clues.
Jonathon Rini used profanity when describing his brother to CNN and said Brian Rini used his name in 2017 when stopped by police for a traffic violation.
For years, Timmothy's family has searched for him in several states.
"I have one image". Rini had been found on a street corner in Newport, Ky., this week and told authorities he was Timmothy Pitzen, a child missing since 2011.
The day before his mother killed herself, she made several calls from an unknown location to family members, including her mother.
The story that Timmothy might have been found spread quickly online Wednesday, as users weighed in to say they prayed for the child's safe return. Her biggest fear was that a judge would take her son away because of her mental health issues, according to relatives.