Police seek men who accosted judge's wife

October 10, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Police today continued to search for two men who accosted the wife of a newly appointed Baltimore Circuit Court judge in the driveway of her Reservoir Hill home and pointed a handgun at her.

Veronica Smith, wife of Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Smith, reported to police that she parked her car in the carport of the family's home in the 900 block of Brooks Lane about 10 p.m. yesterday and was waiting for her husband to help her carry some packages inside when two men approached.

Veronica Smith told police she became concerned and got back in the car and locked the doors when both men turned around and walked toward her after once passing by her.

As she sat in her locked car, Smith said, one of the men brandished a handgun and pulled on a door handle in an attempt to open it, police reported.

Smith said she screamed, causing both men to flee toward Hendlers Lane, according to police.

Police said a search of the immediate area failed to turn up any men fitting the description of the pair who accosted Smith.

Paul Smith was recently appointed to the bench by Gov. William Donald Schaefer. He was sworn in yesterday to the Circuit Court, but he is expected to serve on the city's District Court until Oct. 24.

Yesterday's swearing-in allows Paul Smith to remove his name from the Nov. 6 ballot. He had been vying for election to the Circuit Court until Schaefer appointed him to the bench last week.

Paul Smith's official, ceremonial swearing-in is scheduled for Oct. 23.

His appointment was attributed to his strong showing in last month's primary election.

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