Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


September 17, 1993

30-year-old Crofton man arrested in assault on officer

A 30-year-old Crofton man was arrested yesterday morning after he assaulted an officer during a traffic stop, ran through a pond and across a golf course and hid under a bush, police said.

David Lawrence Kates Jr., of the 1800 block of N. Forest Court, was charged with assault and battery, resisting arrest, driving on a revoked license and driving while intoxicated.

Police said Officer Jack Hartzell, 35, of the Western District, stopped Mr. Kates for suspected drunken driving about 1:30 a.m. on Layton Drive, near the intersection of Davidsonville Road in Crofton.

During a field sobriety test, police said Mr. Kates hit Officer Hartzell and ran behind an apartment complex on North Forest Court.

Aided by Gouch, the police dog, officers chased Mr. Katethrough a pond and a golf course before finding him under a bush in back of a home in the 1400 block of Hylton Court.

Officer Hartzell was treated at North Arundel Hospital anreleased. Police said Mr. Kates was injured, but that he refused treatment.

Odenton woman, 32, abducted in Crofton

A 32-year-old Odenton woman was abducted Wednesday afternoon from the parking lot of the post office in Crofton and forced to drive her assailant for 10 hours before she was freed, police said.

The woman, whom police would not name, was treated for undisclosed injuries at North Arundel Hospital and released.

Authorities said the incident began around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the woman was about to drop letters in the outdoor mail box.

As she sat in her car, a man armed with a small blue steel handgun got into the passenger seat and ordered her to drive.

After about 10 hours, police said the man let her go a few miles south of the post office, on Route 3 and Defense Highway in Crofton.

Police would not say if the woman had been robbed or sexually assaulted.

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