35-mile chase ends with man's arrest in Frederick Co.

April 26, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

A 35-mile, bullet-punctuated chase by police that began in Baltimore County last night ended in Frederick County an hour later when police arrested a man holding a resident of a quiet Frederick County community hostage.

The hostage, Michael P. Messer, 35, a resident of Harbor Place in Waterside, was released unharmed.

Arrested and taken to the Frederick Barracks, where he was charged with attempted murder, unlawful detainment, multiple counts of assault on police, deadly weapon charges and numerous traffic offenses is Ali Sihih Abdulakabar, 35, of no fixed address. He was being held without bail pending a bail hearing today in Frederick District Court.

Similar charges by Baltimore County Police, the Frederick County sheriff's office and the State Police in Carroll County were pending.

According to accounts by the Baltimore County and state police, Officer Thomas Reagan, of the Garrison District, was investigating reported gunfire on Paskin Place near Liberty Road at 7:10 p.m. when he saw a man fleeing.

During a foot chase, police said the man fired shots at the officer, who was not hit and returned fire, missing the man.

Moments later, the suspect allegedly forced three men out of a 1982 Ford Mustang and sped west on Liberty Road.

Baltimore County police pursued the car into Carroll County, where state troopers joined the chase.

In Libertytown, police set up a roadblock and fired shots at the vehicle, which sped past them. The driver allegedly fired back.

In Mount Pleasant, an off-duty Trooper exited his car and fired a shot as the Mustang approached, but was unable to stop the motorist.

At a roadblock on Route 26 at the Monocacy River Bridge outside Frederick, the Mustang rammed a county sheriff's car. Disabled, the stolen vehicle went only a short distance before stopping near the community of Waterside.

Overhead, observers in two state police helicopters that had joined the chase kept the man in view as he ran toward homes.

Outside of one on Harbor Place, police said the suspect grabbed Mr. Messer, who was standing in front of a house, and appeared to threaten him with a handgun.

When police arrived, they leveled their weapons at the suspect and ordered him to drop his handgun.

The man complied and was subdued.

On the ground, police recovered a Baretta .380 semi-automatic handgun.

Police said an investigation of the incident was continuing today.

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