Carjacking victim is rescued

he was locked in trunk 17 hours

Four city men charged after incident ends at BWI

October 22, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

After nearly 17 hours locked in the trunk of his car, a 26-year-old carjacking victim was rescued late Monday after managing to tell a credit card representative that he had been abducted, police said yesterday.

Four Baltimore men were charged with armed carjacking and robbery in the incident: Anthony High, 19, of the 100 block of S. Fulton Ave., and Pierre Gaither, 22, Rubin Reaves, 21, and Robert Henderson, 22, all of the 400 block of Belle Ave.

City police said the incident began Sunday when the victim went shopping with High, whom he had met a day earlier. On Sunday evening, police said, they went to O'Donnell Heights in the victim's 2001 Volkswagen, where High went into a house and returned with three men.

They drove around the city until two of the men pulled out large knives, robbed the victim of his wallet and cellular phone and locked him in the trunk about 11 p.m., police said. He remained there until about 4 p.m. Monday, when the men forced him into Mondawmin Mall in Northwest Baltimore for a shopping spree in which he charged purchases of $2,200 in clothing and shoes, police said.

The victim was forced to drive the men to Baltimore-Washington International Airport to rent a car from a Hertz dealership, but the transaction was thwarted by rejection of the heavily used credit card, police said.

The victim called the credit card company, and when his abductors momentarily stopped paying attention to him, he told its representative that he had been kidnapped - quickly bringing Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers.

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