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A 24-year-old convicted felon wanted for allegedly abducting a Montgomery County judge has been captured, according to law enforcement officials.

Rickley Joshua Senning is charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping, auto theft and two counts of second-degree assault, police said.

He had been living with Circuit Judge Audrey Creighton for three weeks in May, and he also stayed at her house for three months last year, according to court records.

Additional details of how and where Senning was captured were expected to be released later Wednesday.

The night of May 19, according to police records, Senning confronted Creighton, 53, at her home, forced her into her BMW and made her drive him toward Gaithersburg. Creighton was able to bail out of the car outside a Harris Teeter along Darnestown Road, and she ran into the store to call 911, according to court records.

Rickley Joshua Senning (Montgomery County Police)

As she did so, Senning got behind the wheel of the car, drove off and crashed into an oncoming car, according to court papers. He was taken to Suburban Hospital, where police spoke with him. At some point, he managed to slip out of the hospital — and had been on the run for more than a week.

Creighton initially told patrol officers her relationship with Senning was platonic, according to a police incident report.

On May 20, though, she applied for a protective order against Senning and described him as an intimate partner. In her application, she wrote that Senning had also lived in her home in June, July and August of 2013.

Senning has convictions for assault, burglary, auto theft and a firearms violation. In 2008, he was sentenced to five years for punching a handcuffed inmate at the Montgomery County jail and assaulting two corrections officers, according to court records. That same year, Creighton had represented Senning in a separate case when she was a county public defender.

Creighton has been a Circuit Court judge for a month and previously was on the county’s District Court bench. She has not returned telephone calls seeking comment about this case.

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Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.



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