A 22-year-old man who carried out a series of armed abductions last November in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland has pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping and weapon violations.
As part of a plea agreement Tuesday with Ellis Mosher, federal prosecutors in Baltimore agreed to drop one gun charge and recommend no more than 20 years in prison.
Mosher's kidnappings began Nov. 10 in North Carolina, after a sheriff's deputy in Carteret County, N.C., tried to arrest him on a probation violation charge, according to court records. Mosher fled. He later kidnapped a man at gunpoint and fled in the man's truck after abandoning the man on a dead-end dirt road.
Two days later, in Oxford, Pa., Mosher interrupted a man who was washing his Ford pickup truck and ordered him to drive to Maryland, court records said. In Bel Air, Mosher ordered the man to use his credit card to get money from an automated teller machine, but the man escaped.
Minutes later, Mosher pulled a gun on Charles Adams, 68, of Bel Air., who was leaving a restaurant. He ordered Mr. Adams to drive him to Northern Virginia on Interstate 95. In Virginia, Mosher ordered Mr. Adams to remove his clothes, then knocked him unconscious and left him naked in woods near Reston. After coming to, Mr. Adams dressed and flagged down a motorist for help. Mosher will be sentenced March 27.