Four charged in connection with robbery of student

November 04, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,

Four men have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a University of Maryland medical student last week, according to court records.

The student, identified in police documents as John Kim, 24, was walking to his house in the 800 block of Hollins St. about 12:30 a.m. Thursday when he was approached by two men armed with handguns who ordered him to lie face down on the ground, records show. They rifled through his pockets, removing his car keys, wallet and cell phone and asked where his car was.

They picked him up and walked him to the car, at which point they climbed inside along with a third man who was wearing a "District Champions 83" hooded sweat shirt, records show. The men tied the victim's hands with rope and drove to an ATM at Eastern and Broadway streets and demanded the student's PIN number. The man in the sweat shirt withdrew $500, a transaction captured on the ATM camera.

After driving around the area, they pulled over on Security Boulevard and walked away. The victim reported the crime to police about 9 a.m., according to records.

A man with a "District Champions" sweat shirt was spotted by a patrol officer the next day walking with two other men, and police determined that all three were involved in the crime. A fourth man was identified by the suspects as having been involved and was also arrested.

Joseph Hall, 49, of the 3400 block of Aurora Lane in Gwynn Oak; Justin Hopkins, 17, of an unknown address; and Sintel Colvin, 17, of the 300 block of S. Scott St. were arrested in connection with the kidnapping and robbery and charged with multiple offenses, according to records.

Police said that Brian Lynn, 18, of the 1100 block of Carroll St. was the man spotted wearing the sweat shirt, but charging documents indicate he was not involved in the initial incident. Instead, police say he was captured on video footage attempting to purchase $2,700 in merchandise from the Downtown Locker Room on West Pratt Street with the victim's ATM card. He was charged with attempted theft.

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