Man Guilty Of Kidnapping Officer

November 15, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A Crofton man faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting yesterday that he kidnapped a county police officer while being driven to jail in August 1990.

Harold Dean Rogers Jr., 29, of the 1900 block of Cambridge Drive, pleaded guilty in county Circuit Court to kidnapping, robbery and battery in connection with the Aug. 28, 1990, abduction of Officer Janice J. Schwartz.

In return for the guilty pleas, any sentences Rogers receives will run concurrently, said Assistant State's Attorney Ronald M. Naditch. The most serious charge, kidnapping, carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Naditch told the court that Schwartz, 26, was bringing Rogers from Glen Burnie to the county detention center near Annapolis when the kidnapping occurred.

The prosecutor said Rogers complained of sore wrists -- his hands were cuffed behind his back -- so the officer allowed him to be handcuffed in front of his body.

While stopped at a red light on Ridgely Avenue near Annapolis, Rogers "jumpedon" the officer and grabbed for her gun, Naditch said. The prosecutor said Rogers then threw himself onto the officer, causing her head to strike the car window. After trying unsuccessfully to attract the attention of a passing motorist, the officer realized her gun was missing from its holster, Naditch said.

In a statement to police, Schwartz said she was unsure whether Rogers had escaped from his handcuffs when he assaulted her, but she later noticed one of his hands was free.

The man then forced the officer to drive to Crofton, where hemade a phone call, saying, "It's me. I escaped. Tell me where to meet you," Naditch said.

After forcing the officer to drive to an apartment complex in Crofton to meet a woman, Rogers abandoned the officer and drove off with the woman, Naditch said.

After he was arrested almost three months later in Prince George's County, Rogers admitted kidnapping the officer, police records show.

Schwartz suffered facial cuts during the kidnapping, Naditch said.

Rogers, who is serving a 25-year sentence for an unrelated robbery, is scheduled to besentenced on Jan. 17 for the kidnapping.

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