Woman is locked in trunk of car during robbery

May 18, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A Crofton woman was abducted by a knife-wielding man yesterday morning and forced into the trunk of her car during a robbery, county police said.

Diane McDonald Murray, a 46-year-old program analyst, was accosted at 6:10 a.m., just after she had dropped off her 6-month-old son at a day-care center in the 2100 block of Espey Court, said Sgt. Bob Johnson, a spokesman for the county Police Department.

As she drove away, an oil warning light went on. She pulled over and got out of her car. "She'd been having some trouble with her car, so she kept extra oil in the trunk," Sergeant Johnson said.

A man came up behind her and demanded money, Ms. Murray told police.

When she told him she didn't have any money, the bandit ordered her into the trunk, Sergeant Johnson said.

Ms. Murray's abductor drove about 500 yards before the car went down an embankment, Sergeant Johnson said. He got out of the car and, shouting through the closed trunk, demanded that Ms. Murray give him the personal identification number to her bank card. Police suspect the robber got the card from Ms. Murray's purse, which was in the car.

The suspect abandoned the car, police said.

Ms. Murray pried at the lock with a lug wrench for almost an hour, finally freeing herself and calling police, said Officer Randy Bell, another police spokesman.

Officers searched the area with K-9 units but were unable to find the suspect, police said.

The suspect was described as a black man in his mid-30s. He was about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 140 to 150 pounds and had a thin to medium build.

He had no facial hair, Ms. Murray told police, and was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and dark pants.

Ms. Murray was not injured in the incident, police said. Officer Bell said it was not certain whether Ms. Murray's abductor took anything other than her bank card.

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