SILVER RUN — State police are investigating a report by a Littlestown, Pa., womanthat she was abducted Thursday morning after stopping to help a motorist on Route 97.
Police said the 19-year-old woman told them she was driving southbound on Route 97 just south of the Pennsylvania line around 7 a.m. Thursday when she saw a black Ford Escort on the sideof the road.
She said she saw a girl in a purple jumpsuit standing by the car,so she stopped to help, police said.
When she got out of her car,a man approached her and threatened her with a knife, police said.
He told her to get back in her car and drive him to the West Manheim Township area of Pennsylvania, she told police.
She told police that the woman she stopped to help got into the Escort and followed her north on Route 97.
Police said the woman was instructed to drive her car to a remote area of Impounding Dam Road in York County, Pa., where the man gagged her and handcuffed her to a tree.
Police found the woman handcuffed to the tree after receiving an anonymous tipfrom a woman.
The victim was taken to Hanover General Hospital, where she was treated for minor bruises and released.
State police said she was not sexually assaulted or robbed and there appeared to be no motive for the abduction.
Troopers from the Westminster barracks are working on the case with the West Manheim Township Police Department. The man is described as white, in his 20s, wearing blue jeans, a black "Harley-Davidson" T-shirt and British Knights tennis shoeswith green neon laces.
FIRE PROBE CONTINUES
DATELINE: DEEP RUN
Fire officials were still searching Friday for suspects in connection with an arson fire last week that destroyed a barn. Officials believe juveniles may have set the blaze Wednesday afternoon that caused morethan $5,000 damage to the barn in the 700 block of Deep Run Road near Manchester.
Fire officials said the fire, which was reported at 3:42 p.m., was discovered by an employee of a nearby farm.
About 20 firefighters from Manchester and Pleasant Hills were on the scene of the fire for about two hours.
Officials said hay and farm equipment stored in the barn was destroyed in the blaze.
Investigators at the scene determined the fire was intentionally set, officials said.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg is investigating the blaze.
Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the state fire marshal's office at (800) 492-7529.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week the group is targeting the vandalism of a 1980 black Dodge van parked in the 1300 block of Old Westminster Road in Westminster.
Police said that between June 1 and 15, numerous holes were shot into the van. The van was disabled at the time of the shooting and could not be moved.
Damage to the van was inflicted by a BB gun or a large-caliber weapon, police said.
If you have any information about this crime or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS. You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
2:13 a.m., Mount Airy responded to anautomatic fire alarm sounding on North Main Street at the Mount AiryMedical Center.
2:16 p.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire at the intersection of Old Washington and Salem Bottom roads.
3:23p.m., Manchester, York County Engine 52 and Lineboro responded to a barn fire on East Deep Run Road.
11:17 a.m., Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road of Baltimore County responded for smoke in a basement on Gemini Drive.
2:40 p.m., Taneytown responded for a field fire on Blacks Schoolhouse Road.
4:52 p.m., Taneytown responded to a car fire on Trevanian Road.
1:47 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Baltimore County responded to an alarm for smoke in the basement in a building at 147 Pennsylvania Ave.