A 38-year-old woman was kidnapped and sexually assaulted yesterday morning after a gunman jumped into her car at a Bowie intersection and ordered her to drive to Severna Park Mall.
County police spokeswoman Terry Robey said the woman had dropped her mother off at Rip's Country Inn at routes 301 and 197 at 6 a.m. As she was waiting for the traffic light to change at the intersection, a man jumped into the back seat of her Nissan Sentra and grabbed her around the neck.
"He put the gun to her head and told her to drive," Officer Robey said. After driving for about 20 feet, the woman refused to continue. The gunman pushed her to the passenger side of the car and climbed into the front seat.
Officer Robey said the gunman drove down Route 301 south to Benfield Boulevard to Ritchie Highway south and stopped at the Goodyear store at Severna Park Mall. At one point during the trip, the gunman fondled the woman, Officer Robey said.
Once at the mall, "He told her to lie down on the seat of the car so she couldn't see him, and then he got out of the car," Officer Robey said.
The gunman, who was last seen getting out of the woman's Nissan Sentra in front of the Goodyear tire store at Severna Park Mall, is described as black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a blue windbreaker and blue jeans. He had an earring in his right ear and was wearing large rope-like gold necklaces. He was missing two front teeth.
Yesterday's incident is the seventh carjacking in the county this year, police statistics show.
Last month, a Davidsonville man was confronted outside his home by a man who claimed to have a gun and ordered him to drive to his restaurant in Prince George's County.