A former city firefighter was abducted last night by three men, one armed with a handgun, who robbed him of a small amount of money, locked him in the trunk of his car and drove him around Baltimore for more than four hours, police said.
Officers investigating the abduction, assault and robbery of Mark Carberry, 37, of the 200 block of Atholgate Lane in southwest Baltimore, said last night's incident appears to be a copy of three similar abductions in which victims were accosted and robbed by armed men and locked in their car trunks. One of the men was beaten to death.
Resting at his home today, Mr. Carberry declined to talk to a
reporter about his ordeal. "I just want to cool out and try to get myself together," he said.
Police said Mr. Carberry was stopped at a red light at North
Avenue and Monroe Street around 8 p.m. when a man approached the car and asked to be driven to North Avenue and Poplar Grove Street.
Mr. Carberry told police that before he could answer, the man produced a handgun and was joined by two other men, who got into the back seat while the first man sat next to him.
The men ordered him to drive off, then told him to stop the car after he drove a short distance, the victim told police.
There, he was robbed of $6 and was locked inside the trunk of his 1986 pale blue Toyota.
For more than an hour, police said, Mr. Carberry was driven around until the vehicle slowed down at Pennsylvania and North avenues, where Mr. Carberry jumped out of the trunk after breaking the lock.
The victim told police he was running toward a house when the men who abducted him caught him from behind and forced him into the back seat of the car.
Inside the car, Mr. Carberry told police, he was bound with duct tape and ordered to sit between the two men in the back seat.
Mr. Carberry said he was driven around the city until the car stopped in the 2600 block of Presbury St. shortly after 1 a.m. There, he was pushed from the car and tied to a tree with more duct tape. The abductors then sped off in his car.
After freeing himself, Mr. Carberry ran to a nearby house and called police.
Police said Mr. Carberry was able to give descriptions of two of the men. He said the gunman is in his early 30s and was wearing blue jeans and a black leather jacket. The other, a teen-ager, was wearing an orange coat and a black skull cap.
City Fire Department spokesman Capt. Patrick P. Flynn said today Mr. Carberry resigned from the department last November after having served 15 years.