2 robbery-abductions over weekend in Columbia unrelated, police say

January 17, 1995|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer

Howard County Police are investigating two robbery-abductions that occurred last weekend in Columbia.

Police believe that the two crimes were unrelated, and no one was injured in either incident.

The first abduction occurred about 2:05 a.m. Saturday morning when a 56-year-old man was accosted by two men outside his home in the 5400 block of Morning Glory Court in Columbia's Harper's Choice village.

One of the men displayed a large semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The men then forced the victim to lie down inside a light-colored van occupied by two additional men.

They then stole the victim's watch and about $450. The victim was dropped off in the 6000 block of LawyersHill Road in Elkridge, where he was picked up by a passing motorist and driven to a phone to call police.

The assailants were described as four white males in their early to late 20s, driving a gray or light blue newer-model minivan.

In the second abduction, a 35-year-old Columbia woman was approached by a man who asked for the time about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 5600 block of Harpers Farm Road in Columbia's Harper's Choice village.

When the victim replied, the man forced her against the side of her car and ordered her into it. The man sat in the seat behind the driver and threatened to stab her if she did not do what he told her.

The man forced the victim to drive to Baltimore, and he stole about $6 before getting out of the car on Bloomingdale Road. The woman drove home and called police.

The man was described as black, between 20 and 25 years old, with medium build and complexion, wearing a blue-hooded jacket and jeans. He implied that he had a knife but never displayed it, the victim told police.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to arrests and charges in either incident. Call the hot line at 276-8888.

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