Worker carjacked outside state building in N.W. Baltimore

A state worker was carjacked outside a state building by two men, who led police into Baltimore County before returning to the city and running from the vehicle, city police said Tuesday.

The unidentified woman was approached by two men at about 4:30 p.m. outside a building in the 4200 block of Patterson Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. The building includes offices for the Maryland Health Care Commission.

One of the men, Frank Richardson, told the woman, "gimme the keys and I won't hurt you" and grabbed the keys from her hand, police said in a preliminary incident report. She ran away, screaming for help, the report said.

A witness later told officers they heard the screams and saw the 2001 Acura sedan stop and picked up Desmond McCoy, who was the look out, police said.

A second witness began following Richardson and McCoy and called 911. Police officers in marked and unmarked cars as well as a police helicopter followed the Acura, which crossed into Baltimore County. Guglielmi said the car's occupants noticed the helicopter's pursuit and returned to the city. As the car stopped, two men got out and ran. They were arrested in West Baltimore.

Other vehicles along the car's route were hit, and some had broken side mirrors. Police were assessing the damage.

In the preliminary report, police called the incident an unarmed carjacking. Guglielmi said no weapon had been recovered.

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