Two men are charged in kidnapping, assaults

June 07, 2008|By Justin Fenton

Two Parkville men have been arrested in connection with a bizarre incident in which a man posing as an undercover police officer kidnapped two people in Anne Arundel County, beat up two others and set a pit bull on them.

Police said a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy on Thursday asked a man to buy them cigarettes at a Royal Farms store in the 8400 block of Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. The man, who police say was Renardo Williams, 25, of the 3100 block of Orchard Ave., complied, then told the youths he was a police officer.

"When he was asked for identification ... [the man] lifted up his shirt and showed them the handgun in his waistband," an Anne Arundel police officer wrote in charging documents. "As he displayed the weapon, [the man] stated, 'This is my identification.'"

Police say that Williams ordered the teens into a vehicle, where another man, identified as 25-year-old Joseph West, of the 1100 block of Pelham Wood Road, was sitting with a pit bull.

The teens were driven to Cloverhill Road, adjacent to Sunset Elementary School, and ordered out of the vehicle. Police said that West watched the two teenagers, while Williams approached a 15-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man who were walking by the school.

Williams again identified himself as an undercover officer and again flashed the weapon, according to police charging documents, and then began punching the two. Police said he then ordered the pit bull to attack the 15-year-old, who was bitten in each leg. West choked the 15-year-old, the charging documents said.

The victims were able to flee after West and Williams walked back to the vehicle, according to police.

Police say that Williams released the 19-year-old but kept the 17-year-old in his car, then drove 30 yards down the street before placing the gun to the side of the boy's head and ordering him not to talk about the incident. He then let him go, police said.

Officers responded at 8:10 p.m. and arrested Williams and West.

Williams was charged with kidnapping, impersonating a police officer, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. West was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Sgt. John Gilmer, a police spokesman, said investigators were trying to determine the relationships, if any, between the victims and the suspects.

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