A young mother and her 6-month-old baby escaped with minor injuries after the car in which they were passengers was commandeered by a man who robbed them, fled police and crashed the car in western Baltimore County.
After the crash, police arrested Andrew Garfield Sands, 28, of the first block of Edith Court in Woodlawn, and charged him in the incident.
Tawnya Lynn Yates, 18, and her daughter, Shakiyla, were sitting in a car in front of a grocery store in the 2300 block of Rolling Road when the incident began about 10 o'clock last night, according to Baltimore County police.
Yates' companion, Montel E. Moss, 22, of the 2500 block of Sarrington Circle, had just left the car to buy something at the store when a man jumped into the empty driver's seat.
Police said Yates screamed after the man got in the car, a 1991 Hyundai, and drove off.
Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger said the man threatened to kill Yates and told her he had a gun.
He took her wallet and then drove south on Rolling Road to Johnnycake Road, where Baltimore County police from the Woodlawn precinct began following him.
He then fled at high speed, running several red lights, Doarnberger said. He drove into another car, a mailbox and finally a telephone pole, which jammed the driver's door.
The man forced his way out the other side of the car and fled on foot from Chesworth Road toward nearby U.S. 40.
Police found a man unconscious near U.S. 40 who they identified as Sands.
Sands was charged with two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, auto theft and numerous traffic violations.
The baby was in a child restraint seat and was not injured. Her mother was treated for bruises at Baltimore County General hospital and released.
Sands was treated at St. Agnes Hospital for minor injuries and released to police custody.