Man Accused Of Assaulting Guard Who Felt Sorry For Him

April 02, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A county grand jury yesterday indicted a Crofton man on charges of kidnapping and assaulting a county police officer while being driven to jail last August.

The man, 24-year-old Harold Dean Rogers, was arrested nearly three months after the Aug. 28 incident.

Rogers was arrested by Prince George's County police Nov. 24, 1990, during a morning raid at a motel in Camp Springs.

Anne Arundel police had issued a warrant charging Rogers with assault with intent to murder, armed robbery and the kidnapping of Officer Janice J. Schwartz.

Police say Schwartz was driving Rogers from Eastern Districtpolice headquarters in Pasadena to the county Detention Center in Annapolis when the man complained that he was sore from being handcuffed with his hands behind his back all day.

Feeling sorry for him, police say, she moved the cuffs to the front and allowed him to sit inthe front seat of her patrol car.

Police say that while they werestopped at a traffic light on Ridgely Avenue in Annapolis, Rogers punched Schwartz, smashed her head against the car window, stole her gun and forced her to drive to Crofton, where he set her free after meeting his wife, Sharon.

The couple escaped in Schwartz's car, which, along with the gun, was recovered later.

County state's attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said Rogers was indicted on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with intent to maim.

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