Pair who offered aid threatened by gunman

August 21, 1996

Two good Samaritans were threatened at gunpoint Sunday as they tried to catch a man who had threatened to abduct a woman and a 14-year-old girl, county police said.

The woman told police she and the girl were walking to a McDonald's on Route 198 shortly after 11 p.m. when a man pulled up in a maroon Dodge minivan and told them, "You don't know me, but if I take you in those bushes you will."

The woman and girl continued toward the restaurant and the man parked his van and began to follow them on foot, police said. The woman and girl called for help from two men who were nearby.

The men, both 19, chased the man back to his van, where the culprit pulled out a handgun and threatened to kill them, police said. He then got into his van and drove away on Route 198.

One of the rescuers told police the gunman frequents the area in the daytime.

3 arrested for gambling in Meade Village

Police arrested two county men and an Annapolis youth on gambling charges Saturday.

Rodney Ramon Wilson, 37, of the 8200 block of Parham Court in Severn, Dwain Ernest Gray, 34, of the 1600 block of Clayhill Road in Annapolis, and the youth, 16, of the 1900 block of Copeland St. were charged with gambling.

Officer Stephen Torbeck was patrolling Meade Village on a bicycle about 5: 30 p.m. when he saw three men playing dice for money behind a home in the 1700 block of Circle Road, police said.

He watched them throw the dice and exchange money after each throw at least four times before backup officers arrived, police said. Officers said they seized $410 from the youth, $357 from Wilson and $280 from Gray.

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