A man who kidnapped a customer during an armed robbery yesterday at a Prince George's County lawn mower store soon realized he had picked the wrong victim.
State police said Roland Lewis Sydnor, a retired Secret Service agent, wrested the gun from his abductor after being forced to drive from the store in Camp Springs to an Interstate 95 rest stop in Howard County.
Police said the gunman was robbing theL & R Lawn Mower Sales and Service Store about 1 p.m. when Mr. Sydnor walked in. The gunman forced Mr. Sydnor into his own car and ordered him at gunpoint, to drive north on I-95, Prince George's County police said.
When they pulled over at a rest stop on I-95 in Howard County, Mr. Sydnor grabbed the kidnapper's gun, police said. Mr. Sydnor chased the kidnapper around the parking lot until he ran into the woods.
Mr. Sydnor then called state police in Waterloo, who sent canine units, state troopers and a helicopter to search for the kidnapper. The kidnapper apparently had run through the woods, then circled back to mingle with the people at the rest stop, where a state trooper spotted him, and he was arrested at 3:30 p.m.
Police in Howard County charged Michael J. Bollback, 32, of Springfield, Va., with kidnapping, assault with intent to murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and other handgun violations.
Authorities said Mr. Bollback also will be charged with armed robbery in Prince George's County.