Bail denied man charged with kidnapping

January 17, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A Havre de Grace man who allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, threatened to shoot himself and briefly escaped after being arrested Wednesday was being held without bail in the Harford County Detention Center.

Police said that Jennifer Keithley, 19, drove to Charlie LesliCrouse's trailer about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after he told her he needed a ride to the hospital because his father had been in an accident.

When she arrived at the home in the first block of Locust St., police said, Mr. Crouse, 23, asked her to come inside while he waited for a telephone call to confirm directions to the hospital. Once she was inside, police said, Mr. Crouse locked the front door and began discussing his previous relationship with her. He also told her his father was not in the hospital, police said.

Police said Ms. Keithley asked Mr. Crouse several times to permit her to leave, but he refused. They said he then got a shotgun, loaded it and placed the barrel in his mouth, telling Ms. Keithley she would have to watch him kill himself.

Mr. Crouse telephoned his daughter, and police said Ms. Keithley grabbed an extension and shouted, "Call the cops! He's got a shotgun!"

Mr. Crouse grabbed the phone from Ms. Keithley, who ran out the the kitchen door to a neighbor's home, yelling, "Help me! He's got a gun!" Before the neighbor could open the door, police said, Mr. Crouse carried her back to his trailer and began hitting her.

Police said he drove Ms. Keithley to Frank's Pizza in Aberdeen, where he works. There, Mr. Crouse allegedly struck Ms. Keithley, causing her to fall. Mr. Crouse's employer helped her escape and called police.

Sheriff's deputies arrived and arrested Mr. Crouse. He was charged with kidnapping and assault and battery. Police said that as Mr. Crouse left the Sheriff's Office on Main Street in handcuffs, he escaped and was recaptured quickly by Bel Air police behind their headquarters on Hickory Avenue.

After the incident, bail, which had been set at $50,000, was denied, police said.

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