Man shot, woman, 7-year-old tied up in home invasion


October 13, 2004|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

Maryland State Police are searching for two men they say assaulted and shot a Westminster landscaper and robbed him and his family in their home Monday night.

Troopers said Rodney N. Hidey, 37, of the 3100 block of Ridge Road was shot once in the leg and hit several times in a struggle to resist the assailants, who forced him to open a safe. The men tied him up, along with his wife and 7-year-old daughter.

After freeing themselves, the Hideys called police. Hidey, the owner of Hidey's Landscaping Supply Yard next door to his home, was taken to Carroll Hospital Center and later released.

Authorities said the two intruders - wearing ski masks and armed with a revolver and a shotgun - entered Hidey's home at 10 p.m. through an open garage door.

State police spokesman Maj. Greg Shipley said that Linda L. Hidey, 37, had left the garage door open in expectation of her husband's return.

Shipley said the two men confronted her while she was on the stairs on her way to the first floor. She gave them what money she had, but the invaders held the woman at gunpoint, telling her they would wait for her husband to return.

When Rodney Hidey arrived home a short time later, he was accosted by the two men, Shipley said. The brief struggle awakened one of Hidey's three children, a 7-year-old girl who was sleeping on the first floor of the two-floor house. Hidey's two sons, ages 3 and 5, slept undisturbed upstairs during the home invasion.

Shipley said there was no immediate indication that the victims knew the intruders.

The men forced the victims into a room where a safe was located, authorities said. They ordered Rodney Hidey to open the safe. Again, Hidey attempted to subdue the intruders, and during the struggle they struck him several times in the head and neck before shooting him with a revolver, Hidey told police.

State police said the two men grabbed an undisclosed amount of money from the safe after the shooting.

The intruders then tied the wounded Hidey's arms and legs together with rope they had brought into the house, Shipley said. The terrified daughter clung to her mother throughout the attack, Shipley said, so the suspects tied them up together as Linda Hidey embraced the child.

State police and Carroll County sheriff's deputies searched for the men, bringing a helicopter and canine units to the scene, but Shipley said troopers think the pair are no longer in the area.

Shipley said state police shared a description of the assailants with law enforcement agencies throughout the region.

Authorities described one of the intruders as white, about 30 years old, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, thin, and wearing a green sweat shirt, blue jeans, a gray ski mask and black gloves. Police said this man had a revolver.

The second man is white, about 40 years old, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, heavyset, wearing a black and white sweater, dark pants, an orange ski mask and dark gloves. Police said he carried a shotgun.

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