A bank teller's two children were abducted from their Pimlico neighborhood yesterday and safely released after their mother paid ransom money obtained from the bank, city police said.
No one involved in the kidnapping was harmed, but federal authorities were frantically searching for two men who last were seen in a white van with large windows and New Jersey license plates.
Authorities would not say how much money the teller gave the men.
"It certainly appears that the victim in this case was an intended target and that it was a well thought out, orchestrated execution of a crime," said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman.
Weinhold said one of the men had a semiautomatic handgun, but it was not clear if he threatened the teller with the weapon.
"There was a threat against the children if money was not retrieved from the bank," Weinhold said. The teller "honestly believed that her children's lives were in danger if she did not comply with the demands."
Police said the abduction began about 8: 15 a.m., moments after the teller left her house on Cordelia Avenue with her two sons, ages 3 and 6. Police did not identify the victims because the
men were still being sought.
Weinhold said one of the men forced his way into the woman's car and ordered her to drive several blocks. They met a second man, who took the children away in a white Honda with New York license plates.
The first man ordered the teller to drive to the NationsBank in the 4400 block of Park Heights Ave., where she works. The bank is about 20 blocks from her home. He followed in a gold Honda.
Police said the woman went into the bank and obtained money, which she gave to the man, who drove south on Park Heights Avenue. The teller then called police.
About an hour later, a woman called police and reported two "small children who seem to be lost" wandering in the 3500 block of Rosedale Road, north of Lake Ashburton in Northwest Baltimore.
Police said they found the white Honda in the 3100 block of Dorchester Road, about three blocks from where the children were found. The gold Honda -- which had been reported stolen -- was found in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Ave.
Police described one of the suspects as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slim build and a scraggly goatee and mustache. He was wearing a puffy black nylon waist-length jacket and dark sunglasses.
The second suspect was described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall with yellowish-red eyes. He has a half-inch scar on the left side of his face. He was wearing a black hat, black jacket, black sweat pants and black tennis shoes.
Pub Date: 2/22/97