Gambrills man kidnapped, released in Va. car, wallet stolen

June 09, 1994

A 25-year-old Gambrills man was kidnapped at gunpoint Tuesday evening by two men who drove his car to Alexandria, Va., and dumped him after taking his wallet, county police said yesterday.

Lewis Steele, who lives on Defense Highway, called Fairfax County police in Virginia after he was released by the two men, said Officer Randy Bell, an Anne Arundel police spokesman. Officer Bell said he did not know how Mr. Steele got back to Anne Arundel County.

The incident began around 6:45 p.m., when two men came to Mr. Steele's house to look at a car he was selling, police said. Mr. Steele took them on a test drive of the car. The men asked him to take them to a back street in a business park on Priest Bridge Drive near Baldwin Road in Crofton, police said.

Once at the destination, both men jumped out of the car. One of them pulled out a small handgun and fired one shot near Mr. Steele's face. The men made him lie on the floor in the back of his car while they drove to Alexandria.

Mr. Steele was not harmed in the incident and the suspects are still at large. The car has not been recovered, police said.

Couple sues county, officer over collision

A Severn couple, alleging that an Anne Arundel County police lieutenant was negligent when he rear-ended their car, filed a $750,000 suit against the county and the officer yesterday in Circuit Court.

David Zeunges and Nancy Runk-Zeunges of the 1200 block of Pine Cone Court say Lt. Harry Collier hit their car as they waited to turn from Severn Road onto Pines Court just before 8 p.m. June 19, 1992, the suit said.

Mr. Zeunges, who was driving, hurt his right shoulder and lower back, while Mrs. Runk-Zeunges suffered injuries to her left hip, shoulder, arm, back, leg and buttocks, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs also say in the suit that they suffered "great pain and mental anguish," missed work and spent money on medical treatment.

County Attorney Judson P. Garrett Jr. said he hadn't seen the suit and declined to comment.

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