Hamilton County Sheriff(CINCINNATI) — A convicted felon who impersonated an Ohio boy missing since 2011 was ordered Tuesday to remain in jail until his case is resolved.Brian Michael Rini, 23, made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, where Magistrate Karen Litkovitz said she was concerned that the suspect was a flight risk based on his lengthy criminal record, lack of permanent residence and his mental health history, according to ABC affiliate station WCPO-TV in Cincinatti.A preliminary hearing for Rini is scheduled for April 19.Authorities said that Rini led law enforcement officials in three states on a wild goose chase on April 3 when he was found wandering around the streets of Newport, Kentucky, and then telling police he was Timmothy Pitzen — the Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared when he was 6 years old in 2011 and would be 14 years old now. Rini allegedly told police he had escaped from two kidnappers, both white males with “body-builder’ type builds, who had been holding him at a motel in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville.Detectives from the Cincinnati Police Department and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Chicago probed the claims made by Rini, who refused to submit his fingerprints but gave investigators a DNA sample that showed he was an imposter, according to a criminal complaint.“It’s devastating,” Timmothy’s aunt, Kara Jacobs, told reporters after authorities revealed the imposter’s true identity. “It’s like reliving the day all over again,” she said. “Timmothy’s father is devastated once again.”Timmothy was last seen in 2011 being checked out of his Aurora school by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, police said. The search for him and his mother spanned the region before his mother was found dead by suicide in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois.Fry-Pitzen left a note saying Timmothy was safe with people who were caring for him, but would never be found, police said.After he was confronted with the DNA test results that confirmed he was not Timmothy, Rini confessed to his alleged lie and said he learned about the boy from a report on the case that aired on ABC’s “20/20,” according to the criminal complaint.“He stated that he wanted to get away from his own family,” Cincinnati Police Detective Mary Braun, who is also a member of an FBI Task Force on missing and abused children, wrote in the criminal complaint. “When questioned further, Rini stated that he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s…”According to the criminal complaint, Rini, who has a long criminal record, was released from an Ohio prison on March 7. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction officials said Rini served an 18-month sentence for burglary and vandalism.On two previous occasions, Rini falsely “portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim,” according to the complaint.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
P.P.S. Watch Ben Platt toast Nicolette Robinson with his perfect take on “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress. Christopher Fitzgerald Stuck in LA and so gutted that I can’t see the spectacular @NicoletteKloe during her run in @sarabareilles’s @waitressmusical so decided to sing out my frustration ?❤️ pic.twitter.com/injE5S4Q1T— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) October 2, 2018 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Christopher Fitzgerald Will Return to Syfy Series Happy!This news makes us more than a little happy! Recent Waitress star and three-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald will soon head back to the small screen, reprising his turn as world-famous children’s entertainer Sonny Shine on season two of the Syfy series Happy!, according to Deadline. Fitzgerald is now a series regular on the acclaimed show, which also stars Christopher Meloni and Bryce Lorenzo. In addition to his celebrated turn as Ogie in Waitress, Broadway regular Fitzgerald was Tony-nominated for Finian’s Rainbow and Young Frankenstein. He also originated the role of Boq in Wicked. A season-two start date for Happy! is still to come.Darren Criss, Shoshana Bean to Appear as Special Guests on Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel Book TourSpecial guests have been announced to take part in the upcoming book tour of Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel. Tony-winning composer-lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will appear on all stop of the tour alongside a slew of moderators and guests, including Queer Eye’s Tan France and Antoni Porowski (NY), James Corden and Shoshanna Bean (L.A.), NPR’s Ari Shapiro (D.C.), Darren Criss (Ann Arbor) and Kendra Kassebaum (Seattle). An NYC launch event, set for 10/8, will feature Alex Boniello, Will Roland, Rachel Bay Jones, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Mykal Kilgore. For a full list of tour guests, click here.Nancy Anderson to Play Mrs. Wilkinson in Signature’s Billy ElliotThis is what we call perfect casting. Multi-talented Broadway alum Nancy Anderson (Sunset Boulevard) will return to the D.C. stage this winter as dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in a new staging of Billy Elliot: The Musical at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Signature’s Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner will direct and choreograph the previously announced production, slated to run from October 30, 2018 through January 6, 2019. The principal cast will also include newcomers Liam Redford and Owen Tabaka alternating in the title role, with Jacob Thomas Anderson as Michael Caffrey, Catherine Flye as Grandma, Chris Genebach as Jackie Elliot, Dan Manning as George, Grant Richards as Adult Billy, Sean Watkinson as Tony Elliot and Eileen Ward as Mum. Billy Elliot: The Musical features a book and lyrics by Lee Hall and an original score by Elton John.P.S. Check out the tour cast of Dear Evan Hansen singing the national anthem before a Denver Broncos game. Christopher Fitzgerald(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 12, 2020 Freestyle Love Supreme Part improv comedy show, part rhyme-dropping experience, Freestyle Love Supreme is a night at the theater unlike any other. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, the production is playing at Broadway’s Booth Theatre through January 5, 2020. Miranda and original FLS member Christopher Jackson stopped by The Today Show on October 1 to talk about the show. “We started doing this in the basement of the Drama Book Shop,” Miranda said of its humble beginnings. Now, the Broadway incarnation features six talented performers; though Miranda and Jackson are not a part of the nightly cast, that doesn’t mean they won’t drop in from time to time to perform. Miranda took the stage just last night. This morning, he and Jackson were up bright and early to tackle a rhyme stemmed from the word “conjugate.” Watch what went down below, and be sure to see Freestyle Love Supreme for yourself! Related Shows Star Files Christopher Jackson Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Sullivan & Christopher Jackson View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda
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