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

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

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.

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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