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Posted: Friday, July 8, 2005 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:14 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Michelle Guffey

Killeen Daily Herald

Bond was set at $1 million Thursday for a 22-year-old Killeen man charged with kidnapping a 7-year-old girl last week.

Michael Andrea Larkin Jr. was arraigned Thursday morning at Killeens city jail by Peace Garland K. Potvin in connection with the July 1 incident in northeast Killeen. He was later transferred to the Bell County Jail.

Larkin, a former Fort Hood soldier, was arrested just after 7 p.m. Wednesday at his home at 3408 Bamboo Drive in Killeen.

According to the arrest affidavit, the 7-year-old girl was outside her home on Meadowbrook Drive in Killeen when a man pulled up to the sidewalk and told her to get in the car.

The little girl stated that the man then picked her up and put her in the car and drove off.

Other children told police they were playing outside when they heard screaming and saw a man grab the victim and put her in a gold vehicle and drive away.

The victim was later found crying hysterically and walking along a road in Nolanville. The girl had not been assaulted, police said.

At the time of his arrest Wednesday evening, Larkin was out on a $40,000 bond and was under house arrest stemming from a March 9 incident at an elementary school in Copperas Cove involving the kidnapping and sexual assault of another 7-year-old girl.

Police received a tip from an individual who recognized the description of the suspect in the Friday kidnapping. The description had been published and broadcast locally.

The kidnapped girl made a positive identification of Larkin in a photo lineup, Killeen police said.

The individual who tipped off police used to be in Larkins military unit. He said that he had seen Larkin driving two different gold vehicles on different occasions.

Police are still trying to locate the gold, four-door vehicle they believe was used in the kidnapping. It is possibly a Ford Taurus or similar body style, police said. The letters XPZ may be in the license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Killeen Police Department at 501-8830 or Crime Stoppers at 526-TIPS.

Police said they also are investigating the June 8 kidnapping and sexual assault of another 7-year-old girl that occurred in the 1800 block of Kingwood Drive in Killeen. Larkin has not been charged in that incident.

In the Copperas Cove incident of March 9, police say Larkin entered Hettie Halstead Elementary and waited in a girls bathroom, where a female student was sexually assaulted.

Larkin was arrested in that case and was out on a $40,000 bond. Later that month, a Coryell County grand jury indicted Larkin on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. The trial in that case is pending.

Larkin was a specialist with Company A, 15th Main Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. A 1st Cavalry spokesman Thursday confirmed that Larkin was discharged from the military on June 16 for the commission of a serious offense.

In May, because of Larkins then-pending discharge, Judge Phillip Zeigler of the 52nd District Court amended Larkins bond, requiring him to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle once he was officially released from the military.

When Larkin was arrested Wednesday evening, he was still wearing the device, KPD spokeswoman Carroll Smith said. The device is designed to let law enforcement officials know when the person wearing it leaves their designated area.

A spokesman for the Coryell County District Attorneys office said that as far as they know the bracelet was not malfunctioning.

Were not prepared to discuss that, the spokesman said when questioned about why the police werent alerted to Larkin leaving his home Friday night.

Larkin was required to wear the device because court and military officials viewed him as a flight risk. Court records detailed Larkins acquisition of a vehicle and a previous attempt to purchase a plane ticket to Los Angeles after being placed on restriction by his military chain of command.

While Larkin sits in the Bell County Jail on a $1 million bond, he still awaits trial for the Copperas Cove incident. He has been charged with kidnapping and sexual assault, but he has not been convicted of any crime.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safetys sex offender registration Web site, there are currently 200 registered sex offenders living in Killeen and 33 living in Harker Heights.

Contact Michelle Guffey at mguffey@kdhnews.com

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