2 charged in kidnap denied bail

The Baltimore Sun

A judge denied bail yesterday for two men charged in the kidnapping of two teenagers that began at a light rail station in Timonium and resulted in the rape of one of the victims.

Police said Brian Tyrone Scott, 18, who was identified last week as a suspect in the Oct. 10 incident and was being sought, turned himself in Saturday evening at the Baltimore County police precinct office in Cockeysville.

On Sunday, police arrested the man they consider his accomplice, Kiheem Malik Taylor, 22, at his home on Woodstock Avenue in Baltimore. Bail in his case was initially set at $1.5 million, but it was revoked yesterday during a bail review hearing. The two are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Cpl. Michael Hill, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department, said he did not know why Scott had turned himself in. He noted that investigators had received "some information from the community, and it was of great help."

Scott was charged with first-degree rape, armed carjacking, a first-degree sex offense and two counts of kidnapping and armed robbery. Taylor was charged with armed carjacking, petty theft, felony use of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and first-degree assault.

Police said the victims, both 17 years old, were sitting in a car at the Deereco park-and-ride lot when two men approached the vehicles, brandished handguns and demanded they open a door before driving off with the victims.

At some point during the evening, the young woman was assaulted, police said. She and her companion were later released in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood.

Scott, who lives on Pontiac Avenue in Baltimore, has a police record. In one instance, he was charged with multiple counts, including kidnapping and first-degree assault, after the armed carjacking of a woman's car on Oct. 27, 2007, outside Baltimore's Harbor Hospital during which, court records say, Scott identified himself as a police officer.

The charges were dropped after the woman, a doctor from Miami, failed to respond to calls and letters from authorities in Baltimore. Scott pleaded guilty to attempted robbery of another woman's car keys in a second incident outside the hospital, which occurred a day later. Scott was jailed for more than seven months while his case was adjudicated and was eventually sentenced to time served and 100 hours of community service.

Scott was also charged with drug offenses in August 2006 and October 2006, and in July 2007 received probation on charges of theft, malicious destruction and fleeing and speed violations.

On July 9 this year, after an armed robbery on South Curley Street in Baltimore, five charges against Scott were dropped when the victim was unable to identify him.

A preliminary court hearing in the light-rail case is set Nov. 14 for both men.

Before his arrest Sunday, Taylor was due to appear in Baltimore County District Court in Essex on Feb 4. next year to answer three charges of theft in an incident that occurred Oct. 8, 2007.

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