Police: Kidnapping cases bring 'outrage'

BALTIMORE - At night, Isis Johnson's mother picks her up at the Community College of Baltimore County, but by day, she uses a public bus.
 
"Actually my mom was telling me the other day about how two girls, I think either this bus stop or the one across the street, were abducted," Johnson said, "They were put in the van. They were forced."

On October first, another CCBC student got off at the same stop , and police say 25-year-old William Campbell and 22-year-old Kenyon Waller forced her into their gold Ford Explorer at gunpoint and drove her to an alley in the city.
 
"Campbell went through her personal belongings, taking her cell phone, wallet, money and other personal effects while Waller committed a sexual assault," said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.

Investigators claim the same men kidnapped a young couple later that same day in Liberty Heights before they were arrested hours later.
    
Since their capture, police have identified a total of 11 victims, mostly women, including half a dozen college students. The youngest, a 17-year-old.
 
"You have young women here on their way to school... on their way to a public place that are assaulted by---and we can't call the suspects names, but the things that they did and the way that they treated these young ladies is an outrage," said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Ironically, police in the Western District had pulled over Campbell a week before his arrest during a routine traffic stop for driving without a license and giving a false name, but he had not yet surfaced as a suspect.
    
He and his accomplice would allegedly claim six more victims the following week---victims who will have to live with the physical and emotional scars of being plucked from the streets.
 
"They probably won't want to be alone out in public or waiting in public even with people, because people are crazy," said Isis Johnson from the bus stop on Edmondson Avenue in Catonsville, "They're getting bold, and they're snatching people in groups now."

Police say the men would often take their victims' identification cards and threaten to find them if they reported the crimes.

Investigators with the Baltimore City Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department worked together on the case, and the suspects have been charged with numerous felonies.

Suspects charged

At 1 p.m. Thursday, a joint press briefing on the case was held. At that press conference, the mugshots of the suspects were released. Chief Johnson described the men as "two extremely dangerous people."

"...The young women were forced into the SUV at gunpoint and driven to a nearby apartment complex where Campbell forced her at gunpoint to perform several sex acts." ( MORE )

Kenyon Waller, 21, of the 3200 block of Westwood Avenue has been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, first degree assault, firearm use in a felony crime, and first degree rape.  He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

William Campbell, 25, of the 4600 block of Pen Lucy Road has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first degree assault, two counts of firearm use in a felony crime, one count of first degree sex offense, and one count of first-degree rape.  He is also being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Chief Johnson says the crime spree dates back to at least August. He lauded the joint operation of the two departments.

"This case is one of many investigations the two departments have worked on and are currently investigating," he said. "...This partnership has helped to reduce violent crime rates."

The arrests

Officials say the breakthrough came in October when a woman was abducted. The primary piece of evidence -- the gold Ford Explorer.

"After the arrests, detectives quickly linked Campbell to the September 25th kidnapping and sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman," Johnson said. "...The young women were forced into the SUV at gunpoint and driven to a nearby apartment complex where Campbell forced her at gunpoint to perform several sex acts." ( MORE )

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts said the case is the type that brings "outrage to your heart."

"It is good that we have brought them to justice," Batts said.

Detectives believe there may be other victims that did not report their assaults, kidnappings or robberies to authorities.
 

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