Using syringe, abductor threatens man 'I have AIDS,' driver was told

December 04, 1992|By Frank Langfitt | Frank Langfitt,Staff Writer

Brett Dieck found himself the victim of a crime this week that seemed tailor-made for the 1990s.

A man armed with a hypodermic needle and syringe that he claimed contained HIV-infected blood abducted him while he sat at a traffic light Wednesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

"It was like a bad scene out of 'Terminator 2,' " said Mr. Dieck, a West Friendship deliveryman, referring to the action movie that featured numerous carjackings.

Mr. Dieck, 20, was uninjured. Baltimore police are investigating the incident. They have yet to find a suspect.

Mr. Dieck's troubles began about 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Northern Parkway.

He was returning to Howard County after having picked up supplies at a warehouse for Golden Triangle Auto Parts in Ellicott City.

A man in a brown leather jacket carrying several shopping bags approached his truck and then climbed in through the unlocked passenger door, Mr. Dieck said.

"Man, I'm working," Mr. Dieck recalled telling the intruder. "I can't give you a ride."

The man pulled out a 3-inch hypodermic needle, put it behind Mr. Dieck's head and threatened him.

"I have AIDS," Mr. Dieck recalled the man saying.

"He said, 'Go! Man! I'll stick you, man, I swear to God I will.' "

Mr. Dieck said the needle never touched him, but he didn't want to take any chances.

"In this day and age, it's not worth it," he said. "Life is too short."

Mr. Dieck pulled the 1987 Mitsubishi truck across a lane of traffic, made a left turn and followed the man's directions as they weaved through back roads in the area, he said.

Baltimore police Sgt. John J. Parker said that just before the carjacking the man had run out of a nearby K-Mart store followed by security men who thought he might have shoplifted some items. During the ride, which lasted about five minutes, the man told Mr. Dieck that he was being chased by store security but that he had not taken anything.

After navigating the back streets, Mr. Dieck pulled out on Liberty Heights Avenue and tried to persuade his passenger to get out of the car.

"I said, 'Man, let me drop you off at the 7-Eleven,' " Mr. Dieck recalled.

The man refused but soon afterward hopped out at the intersection of Liberty Heights and Milford avenues.

As he stepped out of the truck, auto parts, catalogs and electronic parts that had been sitting on the passenger seat tumbled out onto the road.

The man then picked them up, put them back on the seat and thanked Mr. Dieck for the ride.

"It was kind of comical," Mr. Dieck said.

Mr. Dieck said he never saw whether the syringe contained any blood because the man had cupped his hand over it. Still, he said, he found the whole incident pretty unsettling.

"I knew he didn't have a gun or anything," he said.

But "afterward, I was kind of nervous."

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