Woman won't cooperate with officers investigating abduction case, police say

May 06, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A woman whose story of being abducted triggered a police search with dogs and helicopters near Westminster on Monday has refused to cooperate with city detectives in charge of the case, officials said yesterday.

Two Baltimore police robbery detectives, who investigate kidnappings, tried to interview the 20-year-old late Monday, but described her in a report as "incoherent" and unwilling to talk.

"The victim walked away and said she did not want to discuss the incident at this time," the report says.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman, said the detectives were "unable to interview her properly" but will continue to search for evidence.

The woman, whom The Sun is not identifying because she is the alleged victim of a sexual assault, told state police that she was abducted by a gunman at the Pizza Time shop in the 2500 block of Washington Blvd. on the Baltimore County line about 7: 30 p.m. Saturday.

She said the man ordered her to drive to a vacant building in the city, where she was bound and gagged and held for 36 hours. Early Monday, the woman said, the gunman ordered her to drive her Honda Prelude to Carroll County to a private gun range on South Gorsuch Road outside Westminster. She said the man ordered her out of the car and then tried to rape her before she drove away.

The city police spokeswoman said detectives have not been able to ascertain whether the woman's story is truthful. She said detectives in the sexual assault unit also are working on the case, but she stressed that the woman must cooperate for the investigation to proceed.

"We need to have an abduction report on file," Cook-Hayes said. "Right now, all this information is being given to us by the state police."

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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