Accused abductor denied lower bond

May 10, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A Howard County District Court judge refused yesterday to lower the bond of an Ellicott City man accused of kidnapping his mother and forcing her to drive him to buy drugs.

Brian Shane Hoffman, 20, of the 12800 block of Triadelphia Road, is being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Since Mr. Hoffman lives with his parents, Judge Vaughn said "under the circumstances, I'm going to have the bond remain the same. . . . This is an extremely serious case."

Mr. Hoffman's father, Paul, told Judge Vaughn that he and his wife, 45-year-old Judith Ann Hoffman, hope to find a suitable treatment program for their son's drug habit.

"It was a terrible weekend," the elder Mr. Hoffman told Judge Vaughn. "As we look back, for a long time I guess all the signs were there."

About 11 p.m. Thursday, police said Mrs. Hoffman awoke to a scraping sound in her bedroom. When she turned on the light, she told police she saw her son trying to pull her purse from the room.

The two argued and when Mrs. Hoffman refused to give the suspect money, he allegedly pushed her, slapped her on the face and punched her on the shoulder.

Then, police say, Mr. Hoffman grabbed his mother by the arm and forced her to drive to an automated teller machine in Harper's Choice. About $300 was withdrawn from Mrs. Hoffman's bank account Thursday night and early Friday, police said.

Police say the man forced his mother to drive to locations in Anne Arundel County and in Baltimore to buy crack cocaine.

By 3 a.m. Friday, the two drove to a house on Yale Avenue in Southwest Baltimore, where Mrs. Hoffman told police she persuaded her son to leave the car keys with her after he got out of the car.

Police say she drove to nearby Saint Agnes Hospital, where a Baltimore police officer helped her and contacted Howard police. Mr. Hoffman called Howard County police to turn himself in and was picked up on a Southwest Baltimore street corner Friday afternoon, police said.

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