Severn man charged in abduction attempt


June 11, 2008|By KAREN SHIH

A Severn man was arrested yesterday after Annapolis police said he tried to abduct a 39-year-old woman on a city street, then threatened officers with a knife as he tried to escape.

Police said that James Haney, 34, of the 1400 block of Norcross Lane was in his car on Poplar Avenue near Locust Avenue as the woman walked by about 8:30 a.m. As she passed by, he got out of the car, grabbed her by the arm and tried to pull her toward a wooded area, but her screams drew the attention of other drivers and pedestrians, police said.

Haney let the woman go and fled, police said, but witnesses wrote down the license plate number of his car, and a passing driver took the victim to the police station.

Police said that when officers found Haney in his car on Poplar Avenue, he drove onto a grassy hill, then jumped out of the car and brandished a knife. He dropped it after officers ordered him at gunpoint to do so, then he fled on foot, according to the report. He surrendered when nearby construction workers approached to stop him, police said.

Police said that Haney has been charged with attempted abduction, assault, reckless endangerment, traffic violations and other offenses.

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