Man charged in kidnapping is released

January 11, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

A 21-year-old man charged with kidnapping a woman at gunpoint and impersonating a state police officer was released on $25,000 bond yesterday in Kent County.

State police at Centreville alleged that the suspect, driving south on U.S. 301 in Kent County, tricked the driver of a car ahead of him to pull over near Chesterville Millington Road by flashing his headlights and blowing his horn about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect approached the car threatening Rebecca Guiswite, 29, of Townsend, Del., and the driver, Darnell Henry, 31, of Sassafras, with what turned out to be a pellet gun resembling a police-issue 9mm pistol.

Police said the man identified himself as a Maryland state trooper, ordering Ms. Guiswite to lie on the ground. Mr. Henry escaped by running into nearby woods.

The man forced Ms. Guiswite into his 1982 Oldsmobile and drove south on Route 301, police said. Ms. Guiswite was able to escape when the man pulled off the highway, near Route 305, in Queen Anne's County.

The woman flagged down a passing truck driver and called police.

William Henry Radford Jr. of Chestertown was arrested Saturday afternoon in Kent County.

He was charged with kidnapping, robbery with a deadly weapon, theft, two counts of assault and impersonating a police officer. He was released from the Kent County Detention Center after posting bond. .

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