Missing kidnapper was wounded in Christmas shooting

March 25, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

A 24-year-old man being sought by police after his alleged kidnapping on the same day he was convicted of attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping was wounded in another incident on Christmas Day.

Two men whom Paul Antonio Burton helped identify are in jail awaiting trial, accused of shooting Burton at a Pikesville apartment, his home during the holidays.

Wounded once in the chest, Burton still carries the slug in his arm. He told police he was shot by four men posing as Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

Burton was convicted Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court -- the day he disappeared -- of trying to kill, rob and kidnap Keith Johnson, an acquaintance and admitted Baltimore drug dealer.

Earlier that day, two female relatives told city police Burton was kidnapped from a house in the 100 block of N. Luzerne Ave. about 7:30 a.m. by four masked men who broke in and tied up the two women.

The shooting of Burton occurred six weeks after the incident for which he was convicted this week. Details of the shooting became available yesterday.

Assistant State's Attorney James O'C. Gentry said Burton gave police this account:

Answering a knock at the door in the 1600 block of Hutzler's Lane near Old Court and Reisterstown roads, Burton saw four men dressed as DEA agents in the hallway.

They burst in, and two men ransacked the living room while two took him to a bedroom, forced him to lie on the bed and threatened to kill him. They tried to cover his face with a pillow, and a struggle ensued. A shot was fired, hitting one man in the chest. He was not hurt because he apparently was wearing body armor, Burton said.

Burton rolled under the bed, but the men lifted it and fired numerous rounds, hitting him once.

Police said one shell casing was found.

Charged are Dante Bennett, 24, and Mumin Abdullah, 36, also known as Philip E. Roberson, Mr. Gentry said.

Judge Alfred L. Brennan Sr. has revoked Burton's $40,000 bail until he is found and it is determined if he was kidnapped or disappeared to derail his trial.

Burton, who could be sentenced to at least 25 years without parole under Maryland's three-time loser law, was convicted in absentia by a jury.

Jurors in the two-day trial heard evidence that Burton participated in the robbery, abduction and shooting of Mr. Johnson on Nov. 11 at Burton's girlfriend's apartment in the 100 block of Sunmar Court, off Liberty Road near Lochearn.

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