Reisterstown man accused of kidnapping roommate over work dispute

Suspect accused victim of overpaying for scrap metal

October 04, 2012|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

A 29-year-old Reisterstown man kidnapped his roommate and coworker Wednesday after accusing the second man of paying $2,000 too much for a load of scrap metal, Baltimore County police said.

Justin Earl Gorham allegedly kidnapped the victim, 23, and drove him to an Exxon gas station in the 11900 block of Reisterstown Road around 9:30 p.m., where police were waiting, said, Cpl. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman.

Gorham, of the 11800 block of Maren Court, is charged with kidnapping, first-degree assault and the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail.

The argument started earlier Wednesday at the Carroll County salvage company where the men work when Gorham demanded the victim pay him the $2,000, police said. The victim denied overpaying for the scrap.

When the men arrived at home, Gorham told the victim he needed to find a new place to stay, police said. The victim, who rents a room from the suspect, asked the suspect to drive him to his brother's house. While inside a black 2007 Chevy Colorado truck, Gorham displayed a handgun and told the victim to call his brother to get the cash.

The victim called his brother, and they made arrangements to meet at the gas station. Meanwhile, the victim's brother called police. Police saw the truck on I-795 driving toward Carroll County and pulled Gorham over. The officers arrested the suspect and found the victim unharmed in the back seat.

Charges are pending against Gorham, Batton said. It is unclear why Gorham, a manager at the salvage company, personally demanded repayment for the $2,000.

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