Pg Man Arrested After Chase, Hostage-taking

Police beat

August 25, 1991

A man driving a stolen car led Annapolis police on a high-speed chase, then allegedly held a family hostage at gunpoint in an apartment before surrendering early Friday, police said.

The incident began just before 4 a.m. when police were told that a man in a gray 1990 Volkswagen had threatened someone with a gun on Clay Street, police said.

Spotting a car matching the description turning onto Forest Drivefrom Hilltop Lane, an officer turned his lights and siren on, but the car kept going, police said.

The officer chased the VW on ForestDrive, then along Newtowne Drive, where it stopped in a parking lot,police said.

Gun in hand, the driver bolted from the car.

Officers and K-9 dogs were searching in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive when a resident approached and told her she had escaped as a man held her and three family members at gunpoint in her apartment, police said.

As police surrounded the ground-floor garden apartment, the mansurrendered, police said.

Walter B. Kyles, 22, of the 1500 block of Timber Ridge Lane in Hyattsville, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, assault and battery, holding four people hostage, unauthorized use of an automobile and fleeing and eluding police. The car had beenreported stolen in Prince George's County, police said.


A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect in an Aug. 4 arson and burglary at an Annapolis home.

The fire, set around 3 a.m., caused about $70,000 damage to the one-story wood-framehome in the 200 block of Sumner Road, fire officials said.

More than $3,000 worth of jewelry and some cash were stolen after someone broke in a front window to get into the house, arson investigators said. The blaze apparently was set immediately after the thefts, investigators said.

The home's owner was out of town at the time, officials said.

Police and fire officials ask that anyone with information on the arson and burglary call Crime Stoppers of Annapolis at 267-8888 and refer to case number 91-033.

The following break-ins have been reported to county police:


500 block Chalet Drive; Thursday, Aug. 22, entry gained through glass sliding door. VCR taken. Loss: $250.

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