Hagerstown Man Arrested in Assault, Kidnapping

- WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - A Hagerstown man is behind bars after Maryland State Police said he threatened a woman at knife-point before taking her and her toddler against their will. 

Troopers said on Tuesday, Aug. 26 they received a report of an assault and false imprisonment. The female victim told police just the day before on Monday, Aug. 25, she was at the AC&T convenience store in Smithsburg with her child. She said a man, later identified as Michael Blickenstaff, 34, of Hagerstown, Md., threatened her with a knife while parked in her vehicle at the store. 

She told police Blickenstaff forced his way into the car and held her and her toddler against their will. He then traveled throughout Washington and Frederick Counties, as well as West Virginia and Virginia. 

During the course of these events, the woman told police she was physically assaulted and received a minor knife wound. Upon returning back to Maryland, Blickenstaff released the woman but escaped with the young child. 

State police said attempts to find Blickenstaff were unsuccessful, therefore charging documents were made. It was later learned by police Blickenstaff was in the Waynesboro area. Investigators from Maryland provided Blickenstaff's whereabouts to law enforcement in Pennsylvania. 

Blickenstaff was arrested without incident outside the Days Inn in Waynesboro. He's currently awaiting an extradition hearing in Pennsylvania, upon his return to Maryland he will be formally charged with first and second-degree assault, and false imprisonment. 

State police said the toddler was returned to the female victim unharmed. 

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