Two charged in Parkville hijacking

A Lansdowne man and his stepbrother have been arrested and charged with hijacking a delivery truck from a Parkville convenience store this week, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Patrick Percy Johnson Jr., 28, of the 3000 block of Janice Ave. in Lansdowne and Tobias Preston, 21, of the 800 block of Whitelock St. in Baltimore were charged early yesterday with kidnapping, armed robbery, a handgun violation and grand theft in the Wednesday morning abduction of a driver for Triple C Wholesalers, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.


The driver was delivering cigarettes and candy to a 7-Eleven in the 8600 block of Pleasant Plains Road when he was forced into the back of the truck, handcuffed and driven around for several hours before he was able to use his cell phone to help police find the truck, which was abandoned in the Lakeland area of Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Acting on a tip, detectives spotted Johnson, a former Triple C employee, moving goods from his house to his car Thursday and arrested him, police said in charging documents filed in District Court. Preston was arrested at his city home late Thursday.


Police said in the court papers that the stepbrothers had stolen 2,000 cartons of cigarettes, candy and other snacks.

Johnson was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail and Preston in lieu of $85,000 bail at the county detention center, police said.

Detectives are searching for a third man in connection with the case, Vinson said.

Bel Air police said Johnson is also a suspect in the hijacking of a delivery truck outside Upper Chesapeake Medical Center on Nov. 6, when cigarettes and candy valued at more than $10,000 were stolen.

"It was almost exactly the same M.O." as the Parkville case, said Bel Air police Chief Leo Matrangola. The driver of the truck in Bel Air also was handcuffed, forced into the back of the vehicle and driven around for several hours before the kidnappers abandoned the truck in the same area of Southwest Baltimore, Matrangola said.

A warrant for the arrest of another man, Larry Joseph Mason, has been issued in the Bel Air case. Mason, who is about 18 years old, goes by the nickname "Tom Tom." His last known address is the 400 block of N. Curley St. in Baltimore, police said.

Vinson, the Baltimore County spokesman, said a truck hijacking in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 20 was similar to the Bel Air and Parkville incidents.

Johnson was given probation on a 1999 drug charge and a 2002 theft charge, court records show.


Sun researcher Jean Packard contributed to this article.