Police seek man in kidnapping, theft of police cruiser

November 16, 2003|By Matt Whittaker | Matt Whittaker,SUN STAFF

State police were searching early today for a man they said stole a police cruiser before taking a Harford County man hostage.

A state trooper stopped a 1993 Toyota Camry on southbound Interstate 95 near Havre de Grace for a traffic violation about 7:40 last night and then learned that the car was stolen, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman. Two men fled the car, and one was arrested; the other got back into the Camry and drove onto westbound Route 155 with police in pursuit, Shipley said.

After the Camry crashed on Earlton Road, the man got out and the officer chased him. The man doubled back, broke a window in the locked patrol car and drove off, police said.

The man apparently went to a home on Churchville Road, where he ordered a 32-year-old resident at gunpoint to drive him to Philadelphia in his Chevrolet Blazer, Shipley said. The resident drove the intruder to Interstate 95 before fleeing the vehicle, allowing the other man to drive on.

Police described the suspect as a black man with an injured right arm, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing baggy blue jeans and a ripped yellow shirt.

After midnight the Blazer was recovered near Havre de Grace, and police there were investigating the kidnapping and carjacking of a pizza delivery man who was found unharmed early today in Philadelphia, police said.

The stolen police car was found near the Churchville Road home.

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