Suspects Still At Large After Woodlawn Kidnapping

Nov 2, 2005

(WJZ/AP) WOODLAWN, Md. Baltimore County police are still looking for
three men who kidnapped a 4-year-old boy, triggering an Amber Alert
Tuesday night.

Michael Lee Benjamin was with his mother and a friend when they were
approached by three men in ski masks armed with shotguns before 9 p.m.,
according to Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.
They were walked across the back of a Randallstown apartment complex at
gunpoint.

Two men left on foot with Benjamin.

The child was returned safely when the men who kidnapped the boy minutes
earlier flagged down a driver.

“They said something about we need to get to Liberty Road, when the
driver said okay, they put the kid in only, and leaves the driver with
the four year old child,” said Warehime.

One man briefly stayed with the mother and friend, but left them behind,
driving off in a sky blue Ford Contour or Mercury Sable with tinted
windows.

The suspects are still at large.

The mother told police the men fled when they saw an off-duty police
officer and heard a police siren. She reported the kidnapping and police
issued the Amber Alert.

The motorist, unaware of what the kidnapping, turned Benjamin over to
police at about 10:15 p.m., said Warehime. He was returned home safe and
unharmed.

The suspects were described as three black males, all carrying shotguns,
and were last seen at Foxcliff Court at Beagle Lane in Woodlawn. They
were wearing dark clothes and ski masks. Two subjects also had silver
revolvers.

“This was not a random kidnapping,” Warehime said. “Right now, we believe
the mother and child were specifically targeted,” Warehime went on to say
that authorities are still trying to determine the motive for this crime.

Anyone with information should call 911 or Baltimore County Police at
410-307-2020 immediately.

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