Kidnapping Suspect Nabbed

Man Sought In Bel Air Assault Is Arrested In Massachusetts

February 03, 1991|By Alan J. Carver | Alan J. Carver,Staff Writer

A Florida man wanted in Bel Air for assaulting and kidnapping a 65-year-old woman two weeks ago was apprehended by police in Massachusetts last week.

Allen D. Morehouse, 20, was arrested Monday in West Springfield, Mass., following an argument with his estranged wife, said John W. Harkins, a spokesman for Bel Air police.

Morehouse was the subject of a search by the FBI and police agencies throughout the northeast last week, police said.

He was soughtin connection with the beating and abduction of a Bel Air woman Jan.17 as she was getting into her car, which was parked in a downtown Bel Air lot.

Delaware police found the woman locked in the trunk ofher car the next day at a landfill near Wilmington, Del.

Morehouse will be charged with interstate kidnapping, battery, robbery and theft when he returns to Harford County, Harkins said.

The suspect is being held without bail in Delaware and is not fighting extraditionto Maryland, said Harkins. He is expected to be brought to Harford County within two weeks, Harkins said.

Morehouse, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was arrested after West Springfield police officers respondedto a domestic dispute between Morehouse and his wife at a motel, Harkins said.

The woman asked Morehouse to leave and called the police when he refused, Harkins said.

After his arrest, West Springfield police learned of an outstanding warrant for Morehouse in Harford County, Harkins said. Morehouse also was wanted in West Springfield ona burglary charge.

Morehouse was held at the Harford Detention Center from Dec. 23 until Jan. 17, the day he is accused of kidnapping the Bel Air woman, county District Court records show.

He was released from the detention center Jan. 17 following a district court trial before Judge Lawrence S. Lanahan on charges of theft and making false statements to police, records show.

The county State's Attorney's Office dropped the charges against Morehouse due to a lack of evidence, according to court documents.

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