Homeless man is arrested in carjacking, burglary attempt Car owner escaped, called police to prevent break-in

November 25, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

County police arrested a homeless man on charges of armed carjacking early yesterday, two days after police say he forced a Glen Burnie man at knifepoint to drive him to a neighborhood where he tried breaking into a house.

James Francis Doyle, 35, of no fixed address, was charged with kidnapping, armed carjacking, first- and second-degree assault, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. He was being held without bond.

Gene W. Farr of Glen Burnie told police that he was using a pay phone outside a Burger King restaurant in the 7300 block of Ritchie Highway about 7 p.m. Saturday when a man approached and held a knife to his throat.

The man demanded money and ordered Farr to drive him to a residence in the 100 block of Morris Court. The man ordered Farr out of the car, and both walked to a house that the man tried to break into, police said.

While the man was trying to get inside the house, Farr ran back to his 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, drove to a friend's house and called police. When officers went to the house, they found it had been burglarized, police said.

Vernon White told police that his home had been burglarized several times recently and that he thought the suspect was a man named Jimmy. White told police of another man who would know the suspect's full name.

When police talked to the second man, he identified the suspect as Doyle. Farr later identified Doyle in a photographic lineup, police said.

Detectives learned that Doyle was staying at a motel in the northern part of the county, and he was arrested.

According to court records, Doyle had been paroled in August from prison in Jessup. He had been sentenced to three years for a robbery in December 1995 in which he took a man's van, coat and gloves.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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