Man guilty of abducting businessman

September 01, 1992|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 24-year-old Baltimore County man pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted first-degree murder and kidnapping for his involvement in the abduction and stabbing of a Baltimore businessman.

David Teddy Yoswick of Overlea was sentenced to life in prison on the attempted murder charge and given a 30-year sentence for the kidnapping conviction.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. suspended all but 40 years from the life term. Yoswick will serve the sentences concurrently.

Frank Allen Storch, a private detective and real estate management company president, was kidnapped Feb. 25 from a Howard County motel parking lot. From there, Yoswick took Mr. Storch to another motel, handcuffed him and forced him to spend the night in the bathroom, State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman said in court.

The next day, Yoswick drove Mr. Storch to a creek along Arrington Road near Sykesville, Mr. Hickman said. When they got out of the car, the victim "was told he was going to be killed. Yoswick then stabbed Mr. Storch several times in the stomach," Mr. Hickman said.

"Mr. Storch fell, and Yoswick immediately took hold of him and held his head under water, attempting to drown him," Mr. Hickman said.

After Mr. Storch went limp in the water -- in an attempt to make Yoswick believe he was dead -- Yoswick fled, the prosecutor said.

Yoswick drove to a Baltimore landfill the next day and dumped a large plastic bag containing Mr. Storch's driver's license, private investigator's license, photographs, credit cards and bloody shirt, Mr. Hickman said.

Yoswick and his girlfriend, Karen Sue Palido, 32, were arrested several days later at Ms. Palido's Elkridge trailer home. They were charged with kidnapping, attempted murder and robbery. Her trial is Sept. 28.

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