A fired employee pretended to kidnap his former boss' wife and children and demanded $1,500 in ransom yesterday, Howard County police said.
The man called the wife of Rick Garhart about 4:15 p.m. and told her that her husband had been in a car accident in Towson, said Sgt. Gary Gardner, a police spokesman.
The caller, who identified himself as a police officer, told Joanne Garhart, 29, to come to Towson State University to pick up her husband. She then packed up her two children, ages 3 and 5, and drove there, Sergeant Gardner said.