Man in Custody After Kidnapping, Car Crash in Bethesda

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    A bizarre kidnapping and burglary at a Bethesda apartment Thursday began at the home of one Maryland woman who spoke exclusively with News4's Shomari Stone. (Published Thursday, Oct 17, 2013)

    One man is in police custody following a car crash and the kidnapping of a 3-year-old boy in Bethesda, Md., Thursday morning.

    The incident began as the man, identified as 27-year-old Shervin Hessamfar, made a hard U-turn while driving on Tuckerman Lane in northern Bethesda, blowing out a front tire.

    Bethesda Man Charged in Bizarre Kidnapping Case

    [DC] Bethesda Man Charged in Bizarre Kidnapping Case
    A Bethesda man is facing a number of charges after police say he crashed his car, broke into his apartment complex, then kidnapped a 3-year-old boy. (Published Thursday, Oct 17, 2013)

    He then jumped out of the disabled car and forced his way into an apartment building in the 5200 block of Tuckerman Lane by smashing a rear first-floor window, police told News4's Pat Collins. Shweta Srivastava lives in that apartment with her 1-year-old baby.

    "I took my baby and I ran outside the apartment," Srivastava told News4's Shomari Stone.

    She and her child went unharmed in the incident.

    Once inside their building, police say Hessamfar may have tripped a fire alarm, causing people to come out of their apartments. When a woman on the third floor opened her door to investigate, Hessamfar entered and took a 3-year-old boy into a stairwell and began moving downstairs, where he was confronted by Montgomery County police, authorities said.

    Hessamfar then handed the little boy over to police. The boy was not hurt.

    In a short span of time, police received emergency calls for the hit-and-run, then for a burglary and then for a kidnapping, they said.

    "Right now I'm very scared," Srivastava said. "I have lost trust."

    Hessamfar was taken into custody and has been charged with two counts of burglary and kidnapping. Police say Hessamfar might have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs or have some mental issues.

    Sources told Collins that Hessamfar has ties to the building where the incident happened. He may live in building or had family members who live there.  Prior to the incident, Hessamfar was seen pacing in the hallway.

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