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N.H. man ordered to stay out of Mass. after offering parents cash to ‘buy’ their daughter

The Faneuil Hall marketplace, as pictured in 2008.
The Faneuil Hall marketplace, as pictured in 2008.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File 2008

A New Hampshire man was ordered to stay out of Massachusetts by a Boston Municipal Court judge Monday after he was charged with trying to “buy” and then kidnap a 13-year-old girl Sunday afternoon as she walked with her parents through Faneuil Hall.

During his arraignment Monday, Max Roads Patterson, 20, of Raymond, N.H., remained behind a doorway and out of view of most courtroom spectators, aside from a television camera, on charges of attempted kidnapping of a child and enticement of a child under 16.

After Patterson’s arrest, police found Patterson had more than $11,000 in cash with him, Assistant District Attorney Brian Spring said during Monday’s arraignment.


The girl and her parents were near the area of Congress and North streets at Faneuil Hall when Patterson approached the girl and her parents, her father told Boston police, according to a police report filed at the courthouse.

Patterson -- described as having slicked back hair, wearing a blue button-up shirt and blue jeans -- “pulled out a significant amount of money, offered to ‘buy’ their daughter by stating, ‘I’m rich, how much to take her out?’” the father told police, according to the report.

At the time, Patterson was with two other men. Patterson then allegedly grabbed the girl’s right arm and tried to take her from the area, her father said, prompting him to chase the three men away from his family and onto Washington Street, police wrote.

One of the men with Patterson was stopped by a passerby. The girl’s parents called police, and after officers from District A-1 arrived at the scene at about 4:41 p.m., he was placed into a cruiser where he identified the second man with Patterson as his cousin.

That second man pointed out Patterson to police, according to the report.

After he was taken into custody, Patterson told officers that he asked for the victim’s Instagram account, police said. The girl’s mother told Patterson he had to speak with her first, he told police.


He said he told the girl’s mother, “I’m rich, though,” the police report said.

Patterson said he ran because the girl’s father “chased after him claiming he will get beat up,” according to the police report.

The 13-year-old victim, her parents, and a witness all identified Patterson as the suspect, police said.

During booking, Patterson also gave a false name to police, according to the report. Boston Municipal Protective Services have video of the incident, according to the police report.

In a brief phone interview Monday, the victim’s father said he did not want to discuss the case. “I’m home with my family today,” he said, adding that his family is doing fine.

Judge Lisa Grant set Patterson’s bail at $7,500 cash bail, and ordered that if he is able to post the bail, he should stay out of Massachusetts except for court appearances. He was also ordered to stay away from the victim, her family, and witnesses in the case.

Grant also ordered the surveillance video of the incident preserved.

In addition to the stay-away order, Spring, the prosecutor, asked for $50,000 cash bail and GPS monitoring. Patterson also has a record of previous offenses in Worcester, along with New Hampshire, plus there is also a warrant for Patterson’s arrest for a trespassing charge in Arkansas, Spring said.


Patrick Colvario, Patterson’s attorney, argued that Patterson’s previous charges were misdemeanors, and he should be released on personal recognizance, or limit bail to a maximum of $5,000.

Colvario said that Patterson lives with his parents and works for them in Raymond, N.H., where Patterson grew up.

He said Patterson has some “cognitive issues” and that his family had every intention of ensuring Patterson returned to court.

Patterson is due back in court Sept. 26.

Due to incorrect information by Boston police, an earlier version of this story misidentified the suspect.

John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.