Police: Woman saved from kidnapping by screams

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) - She's owned a business in Eastport for 30 years, but Joanie Surette had never heard of anything like this before.

"That's very scary.  That's very scary to hear."

Police say a 28-year old woman and her child stepped off of a city bus in front of the Eastport Shopping Center Monday night when a man who'd been riding that same bus followed her and attempted to kidnap her.

"He grabbed her by the arm, made a few comments about having a boyfriend and she was going to be his girlfriend now and took her bag from her," said Major Scott Baker of the Annapolis Police Department, "She was able to scream, got the attention of some other people and he started walking away very quickly."

Based upon the woman's description, police began looking for 30-year old William Ranaldo Brown, Jr. and he was taken into custody a few hours later.

"He is known to police," said Baker, "He was recently released from federal custody approximately two months ago for handgun violation charges.  We recently had a run in with him where he was the victim of a cutting and we were worried about retaliation in that case."  

A long cut along the length of his arm made Brown easy to identify, and sources say it came after the suspect struck a young child while high on PCP.

Women, like Surette, in the area where the attempted kidnapping occurred are applauding police for his quick capture.
"I'm glad he's off the street and I hope he does a really long stretch in some federal prison for that.  That's ridiculous."

Brown faces a series of charges including armed robbery, assault and attempted kidnapping.

He's being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.

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