Thugs lock man in car trunk 18 hours

January 19, 1995|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer

A 26-year-old Govans man, who told police that two men locked him in the trunk of his car where he remained nearly 18 hours before rescuers freed him at a Laurel mall, was listed in good condition yesterday at Laurel Regional Hospital.

Lennie Staten of the 5600 block of Lothian Road told Baltimore County police he was waiting at a traffic light at Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue in Hillendale about 2:30 a.m. Monday when a masked gunman approached his 1992 Chevy Beretta.

The gunman ordered Mr. Staten to climb into the back seat, and a second man entered the passenger side of the car, police were told. Mr. Staten said the men drove him to a wooded area, where the driver pulled him from the car and the passenger knocked him unconscious with a blow to the head.

Mr. Staten said he then was placed in the trunk of his car.

After regaining consciousness, Mr. Staten banged on the trunk lid and called for help when he heard voices outside. Security guards from the J. C. Penney store in the Laurel Center Mall removed the back seat of the car to free Mr. Staten about 8:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

Reached at the hospital yesterday, Mr. Staten declined to discuss the incident.

Police said Mr. Staten described the gunman as black, 5 feet tall, 130 pounds, of slim build, and wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a dark baseball hat. No description was available for the second man, but his first name might be Derrick, police said.

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