An 11-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department is to appear today at a bail hearing on charges that he assaulted and kidnapped a United Parcel Service driver at gunpoint yesterday in Timonium.
Officer Joseph Goetz of the Essex Precinct also was charged with armed robbery, carjacking, grand theft and using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, police said. He was suspended without pay pending an internal police investigation.
William Yohn, 35, the UPS driver and a resident of Carroll County, was not robbed but suffered minor injuries, police said.
Cpl. Kevin Novak, a police spokesman, said the driver had stopped in the 2000 block of Timonium Road about 12:30 p.m. yesterday when a man pointed a handgun at him. The man then forced the driver to the back of the truck, bound his hands and drove off, Corporal Novak said.
When the man stopped for a traffic light near Timonium Shopping Center, the driver freed himself, jumped from the truck and reported the incident to police, police said.
Moments later, the UPS truck struck another truck, police said. The driver of the second truck followed the UPS vehicle to a dead-end street, where the man driving it fled into the woods, police said.
About 2 p.m., an officer entered a restaurant in Timonium and noticed a man who matched the driver's description of the gunman.
Police took the driver to the restaurant where he identified the man, who was arrested.