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Carjacking suspect sought

May 22, 1999

A middle-aged Hagerstown woman was kidnapped and carjacked Friday afternoon as an unidentified man forced her to drive him to Baltimore City at gunpoint, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The victim, whose name police were not releasing, was not injured and was released by her captor in Baltimore, police said Saturday.

The woman was in the South End Shopping Center parking lot in the fire zone in front of Books 'N Things when the suspect entered the passenger side of her gray Plymouth Breeze, said Detective Carroll Braun.

Displaying a handgun, the suspect ordered the woman to drive to Interstate 70 and on to Baltimore City, police said.

Once in Baltimore the suspect stole the woman's cellular telephone and cash before fleeing the car, police said.

Braun said about 10 people were standing at a day work place at the South End Shopping Center at the time the incident happened at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

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If any of them saw anything, they are asked to call Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700.

The suspect was described as either a light-skinned black male or a dark-skinned white male with a thin build and approximately one day's worth of beard, police said. He was 5-foot-10 and weighed 140 pounds.

The man was wearing blue jeans, a tan and gray sweatshirt, spoon-shaped sunglasses, a tan ball cap and a blue bandanna tied around his head, police said.

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