Three charged with conspiracy to kidnap in Route 3 incident

Man's car was rammed as he was driving home from work, police say

April 04, 2000|By Kimberly Marselas | Kimberly Marselas,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Three men have been charged with conspiracy to kidnap after a man's car was rammed as he drove home from work, police said.

According to state police, the man was driving home to Anne Arundel County from his job in Washington late Thursday when he noticed he was being followed by two men in a Mazda Millennium.

Police said the man's Honda CRX was rammed from behind the first time on Route 3 North, just before Interstate 97 in Millersville. After being struck, he used his cellular phone to call his mother and the Annapolis barracks of the state police, and kept driving.

After responding to the area, Trooper Christopher Hite saw the Honda being rammed, police said. He pulled over a Mazda and arrested Sean Boyd Cannady, 28, of Hyattsville and Terry D. Parks, 22, of Washington, police said.

The Honda driver, who was uninjured, has not been identified.

Police said the two men indicated during interviews after their arrests that they had been hired to kidnap and assault the victim.

Cannady, Parks and Michael Martorella, 33, of Annapolis were charged Friday night with conspiracy to kidnap, carjacking and first- and second-degree assault.

Martorella, whom police accuse of hiring the men, was arrested in Montgomery County early Friday night. He is being held on $750,000 bond. Cannady and Parks are each being held on $200,000 bond.

Police said they are unaware of a link between the three suspects other than Thursday night's incident.

Though the motive is unclear, 1st Sgt. Laura Lu Herman said, "We have some indication that Martorella and the victim had been friends." The victim had apparently severed the friendship, she said.

The Mazda and Martorella's Ford Mustang are being searched as the investigation continues.

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