Two charged in kidnapping

Father, son accused in Harford incident

May 28, 2008|By Madison Park | Madison Park,Sun Reporter

A Harford County man and his eldest son are facing charges in connection with a kidnapping, in which the victim was forced into a truck, then beaten and left on a Bel Air dirt road Friday night, authorities said.

In what investigators say is an unrelated incident, the man's second son is wanted by the Harford County Sheriff's Office in a shooting that occurred at a Belcamp Waffle House restaurant early Saturday.

"We don't think there is a correlation at all between the two of them," said Sgt. David Betz, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, of the two incidents.

Betz said the kidnapping Friday stemmed from a dispute over the sale of a truck.

Johnny Bolden, 48, and his son, Justin Eugene Bolden, 25, were arrested Friday at the father's home in the 900 block of Walker St. in Aberdeen, police said.

Wardell Brooks, 52, of Bel Air, told police he was at work in the 2800 block of Forge Hill Road when he was approached by the Boldens about 5:15 p.m. Friday, according to the statement of charges. The father and son questioned Brooks about the sale of a truck and then told him they would shoot him if he did not get in the vehicle, said the charges. While the son drove, the father sat behind Brooks holding a knife to his throat, said the charging documents.

The Boldens drove to a dirt road off Kalmia Road in Bel Air, where they forced Brooks out of the vehicle and punched him and beat him with branches, authorities said. When Brooks fell to the ground, they kicked his head and rib cage, and the elder Bolden attempted to cut the victim with a knife but was deflected by the victim, police said. The son tossed Brooks' shoes into the water and then the pair drove away, according to the statement of charges.

Brooks walked to a house, where he called 911 about 5:45 p.m. He was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, authorities said.

Justin Bolden, of the 2700 block of Forge Hill Road in Bel Air, is charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap, first-degree assault, armed robbery, theft and false imprisonment. He posted a $200,000 bond.

His father, charged with kidnapping and first- and second-degree assault, appeared in a bond review hearing through a video feed yesterday. He remained at the Harford County Detention Center after a District Court judge kept his bond at $200,000.

Johnny Bolden is an Army veteran and is unemployed. He had been released from prison May 8, said public defender Brian Cunningham.

According to court records, Johnny Bolden had been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of illegal firearms possession and second-degree assault in 2002.

Assistant State's Attorney Mike LaFleur said Johnny Bolden has a long criminal history, with convictions including possession of a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated.

Justin Bolden was convicted of resisting arrest in 2001, and was charged this month with assault and harassment after he threatened and then chased a man who owed him money, according to May 6 charging documents. His preliminary hearing on the kidnapping-related charges has been scheduled for June 23.

Deputies are also looking for Justin Bolden's younger brother, Reginald Leon Bolden, 24, who lives with Justin Bolden. An arrest warrant has been issued for Bolden on charges of first- and second-degree attempted murder, assault and using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime in a shooting that occurred about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Reginald Bolden is accused of shooting a 24-year-old Havre de Grace man outside the Waffle House in the 1300 block of Riverside Parkway, police say. A car approached Robert Reginald Ringgold, and, after a brief conversation, he was shot from inside the car, said investigators.

Ringgold, who was hit in the lower body, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he remained yesterday.

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