From Maryland State Police:
On Monday, October 26, 2009 at about 10:00 pm troopers from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack responded to the 300 block of Philadelphia Road, Joppa, Md. for a reported victim of a carjacking and robbery.
Troopers learned upon arrival that the victim Kara Smithson, 20 of Pylesville, Md. was accosted by three black males while occupying her silver 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt in the Harford Square neighborhood of Edgewood, Md who forced their way into Smithson’s vehicle. The victim then said she was driven to the Philadelphia Road location in Joppa where she was forced out of her vehicle.
During the trip the victim said she was struck in the head/face on several occasions and threatened with a handgun and knife by the suspects. The suspects also attempted to extort money for the victim’s release from her relatives.
The victim’s abandoned vehicle was found later that evening after it had been set on fire and destroyed behind the Prospect Mill Elementary School, Bel Air, Md. The State Fire Marshall’s Office is completing the arson investigation.
State Police investigators have arrested two suspects in connection with this crime: Joshua Prince Freeman, 21 of Edgewood, MD and a female juvenile from Joppatowne who acted as a conspirator.
The suspects have been charged with numerous felony counts to include: Kidnapping, Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Assault 1st Degree and Theft.
Both suspects are currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $750,000 bond.
The victim sustained several injuries as a result of the assault and was treated and released from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Md.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Cpl. Justin Gross of the Maryland State Police Criminal Investigations Section at 443-307-6473.