3 men `targeted' pair in abduction attempt

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

November 03, 2005|By NICK SHIELDS

A mother and her 4-year-old son were "targeted" by three armed, masked men who abducted the boy Tuesday night in Randallstown, police said yesterday.

The abductors then flagged down a motorist and placed the boy in that car before fleeing, Baltimore County police said, adding that a woman in the car delivered the child to police a short time later.

County police were still searching for three men in the abduction, which sparked an Amber Alert.

Michael Lee Benjamin was walking with his mother in the 3400 block of Barry Paul Road near their apartment complex about 8:50 p.m. when three men abducted the child while holding the mother at gunpoint, police said. The mother told police that a siren was heard in the distance, and the men saw two off-duty police officers.

One man fled in a sky blue, four-door Ford or Mercury with tinted windows, leaving the other two gunmen behind, said Vickie Warehime, a spokeswoman for the Police Department. As the two men fled on foot with the boy, the mother approached the off-duty officers shouting, "They took my son, they took my son," according to Warehime.

The two men ran to Liberty Road and flagged down a 22-year-old woman, who had no knowledge that a child had been abducted, police said. They asked her for a ride, placed the boy in the car and ran, police said.

The woman drove the child to the Woodlawn police station, Warehime said. The investigation was continuing, police said.

Warehime said the attempted abduction was "an isolated incident specifically involving these two people."

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