Man charged with kidnapping woman, baby


Baltimore County police are holding a 28-year-old Gwynn Oak man on two kidnapping charges after a young woman and her baby were taken on a short, terrifying ride late Tuesday that ended in a head-on crash.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, police said.

Andrew Garfield Sands of the first block of Edith Court, Gwynn Oak, was being held at the Woodlawn precinct last night in lieu of $50,000 bail He is scheduled to undergo a bail review hearing today in Catonsville District Court.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman, said that in addition to the kidnapping charges, Mr. Sands faces charges of armed robbery, grand auto theft and numerous traffic violations, including driving while intoxicated.

The bizarre ride took place about 10 p.m. Tuesday after Montel Eugene Moss, 22, of the 2500 block of Sarrington Circle, Gwynn Oak, stopped his 1991 Hyundai XL in the 2300 block of North Rolling Road to run into a neighborhood grocery store, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

His girlfriend, Tawnya Lynn Yates, 18, of the 400 block of Dutrow Court, Rosedale, and her 6-month-old baby, Shakiyla Christine Yates, remained in the car.

Unexpectedly, however, a man jumped into the car and sped off, officers said.

For a few blocks, police said, the car was driven at high speed, weaving and passing other vehicles on the wrong side of the road.

After the car went through a traffic light at Crosby and Rolling roads, it crossed the center line and struck another car head-on.

The man climbed out of the car and fled, but was captured after collapsing at Rolling Road and Baltimore National Pike.

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