Police say Ellicott City man kidnapped mother, made her get him drug money

May 07, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

Howard County police arrested an Ellicott City man on a Baltimore street corner yesterday afternoon, hours after his mother said he kidnapped her, withdrew money with her bank card, then forced the 45-year-old woman to drive him to buy crack cocaine.

Brian Shane Hoffman, 20, of the 12800 block of Triadelphia Road, was being held at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup on $100,000 bond last night. He is charged with robbery, assault, theft, abduction and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Judith Ann Hoffman, the suspect's mother, declined to comment about her ordeal, which police said lasted from 11 p.m. Thursday to 3:15 a.m. yesterday. Police said she was shaken but uninjured.

Howard police issued a warrant for Mr. Hoffman early yesterday. By 2 p.m., Mr. Hoffman called county police to turn himself in and Sgt. Dennis Matthews picked him up at the intersection of Frederick and Beechfield avenues in Southwest Baltimore.

Mr. Hoffman contacted police, said Sgt. Stephen Prozeralik, after detectives told his acquaintances he was wanted on several charges.

"He knew we were looking for him, so he decided to come in," Sergeant Prozeralik said. "This is definitely not the norm we usually see."

Police said Mrs. Hoffman told them she and her son were home alone at 11 p.m. Thursday when he begged her for money to buy drugs.

When she refused, Mrs. Hoffman told police, her son grabbed her, pushed her into her car and forced her to drive to an automated teller machine at the Harper's Choice Village Center in Columbia. There he allegedly took her bank card, obtained her identification number by threat and withdrew $60, police said.

Sergeant Stephen Prozeralik said Mrs. Hoffman reported that she was coerced by slaps and threats and forced to drive to an unfamiliar neighborhood in Anne Arundel County near Fort Meade to buy crack cocaine.

Mrs. Hoffman told police that her son smoked the drug in the car and ordered her to drive to Southwest Baltimore near Loudon Park Cemetery. Police said another $200 was withdrawn from her account at a bank machine on Wilkens Avenue.

At 3 a.m. the two drove to a house on Yale Avenue and as her son got out of the car to purchase drugs, Mrs. Hoffman told police, she persuaded him to leave the car keys with her.

She then drove to nearby St. Agnes Hospital and found a Baltimore police officer, and Howard County police were called to investigate, said county police spokesman Sergeant Steven Keller.

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