Falls Church Man Charged With Soliciting Sex From Bethesda Girl

Police say Nathan Samuel Portnoy pointed a gun at family members of the 12-year-old victim near a Bethesda park.

Police say a Falls Church man met a 12-year-old Bethesda girl online, asked her to have sex, and then pointed a gun at her family members near a Bethesda park where the two met.

Nathan Samuel Portnoy, 23, of the 2100 block of Emilys Lane in Falls Church, VA, has been charged with first degree assault, kidnapping of a child under 16, and sexual solicitation of a minor in the Aug. 24 incident.

Police found a loaded handgun, ammunition, gun holsters, handcuffs, zip ties, rope, a black ski mask, and several boxes of condoms after searching Portnoy’s car Aug. 30, according to a Montgomery County Police news release.

According to police, Portnoy and the 12-year-old victim talked for about three months online and on the phone before the incident, and the girl portrayed herself as an adult during the conversations. He asked the girl to have sex during several phone conversations, and then suggested they meet, police said.

The two met at a Bethesda park around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and played soccer, according to police, after which Portnoy suggested the two go to dinner and the victim got in Portnoy’s car.

After driving a short distance, police say the girl asked Portnoy to pull over and got out. Some of the girl’s family members who were driving in the area saw the girl getting out of the car, and began to follow it.

Portnoy pointed a gun at the family members through the back window of the car, according to the release, and the family members called police.

Police say they used vehicle registration records to identify Portnoy as a suspect, and arrested him as he was driving his car near his Virginia home on Aug. 25.

Montgomery County Police Family Crimes detectives are asking anyone with information to call Family Crimes Detective Onorio at 240-773-5434.

Portnoy is in custody in Virginia awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.


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