Carjacker abducts Bel Air man, 68, forces him at gunpoint to drive to Va. Pa. victim had escaped assailant earlier Sunday


A Bel Air man was recovering at home yesterday after an ordeal as the captive of a serial carjacker who knocked him unconscious with a gun and left him lying naked in the woods near Reston, Va.

Police said Charles D. Adams, 68, was the carjacker's second victim Sunday morning in a series of crimes that began in Pennsylvania and included an attempt to get money from a bank machine.

Police said the first abduction occurred about 7:45 a.m. in Oxford, Pa., where the assailant interrupted Joseph Gamble, 58, as he was washing his Ford pickup truck and ordered him to drive to Maryland.

They stopped at Bel Air Plaza, where Mr. Gamble was told to use his credit card to get money from an automated teller machine. Mr. Gamble managed to escape when a bystander approached.

The carjacker fled on foot, but moments later found another victim -- Mr. Adams, who was leaving a nearby McDonald's restaurant in his 1984 Oldsmobile station wagon after having breakfast, according to police and the victim's daughter, Lisa Schwartz.

The man forced open the car door and abducted Mr. Adams at gunpoint.

Mr. Adams was lying down and nursing a swollen head yesterday at his home on Old English Court, where Ms. Schwartz spoke for him, telling how "my dad had tried to flag down a Bel Air policeman and the guy threatened to shoot him."

She said her father asked forgiveness, and that the carjacker said little as Mr. Adams drove south on Interstate 95 to the Capital Beltway and northern Virginia where he was forced out of the car.

Police said Mr. Adams was ordered to disrobe and kneel, then struck twice on the back of the head with the gun. After he awoke, he found his clothing and walked to a road where a motorist stopped to help him.

The carjacker, who fled in the brown and silver station wagon, was described as white, 25 to 30, 5 feet 7 or 8 and 140 to 150 pounds, with short, medium brown hair and a scruffy goatee. He spoke with a Southern accent and wore camouflage-type clothing.

Mr. Adams also lost his watch and wallet to the gunman, but his daughter noted, "He's lucky to be alive. All those things he lost can be replaced. We're just all relieved that in this type of situation, it turned out as well as it did."

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