Virginia man held on kidnapping charge

December 20, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A Virginia man, arrested at a Howard County rest stop after a man he allegedly abducted during a robbery took his gun away from him, remained in the custody today pending additional charges.

Michael J. Bollback, 32, of Springfield, was charged by the Maryland State Police with kidnapping, attempted murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony. He was being held in the Howard County Detention Center in Ellicott City.

Bollback faces armed robbery and handgun charges in Prince George's County and is expected to be transferred there soon, said a spokesman for the State Police.

The kidnap victim was Roland Lewis Sydnor, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, who was a customer in a lawn mower store in Camp Springs during a robbery yesterday afternoon.

Police said a gunman entered the L & R Lawn Mower Sales & Service store and announced a holdup. During the robbery, Sydnor walked in.

Police said the gunman apparently was without transportation. He grabbed Sydnor, forced him into his car and ordered him at gunpoint to drive off.

While northbound on Interstate 95 in Sydnor's car, the gunman ordered him to pull over at a rest stop near Laurel. However, once stopped, Sydnor wrested the gun from the man, causing his abductor to flee into a wooded area.

Police said Sydnor followed the man a short distance before returning to the rest stop and calling the State Police at the Waterloo barracks.

While a K-9 unit and a helicopter conducted a search, a suspect was spotted mingling with motorists and others at the crowded rest stop.

Police said he was arrested without incident and taken to the Waterloo barracks before being transported to the detention center.

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