Three Arrested In Shooting, Robbery

Police, fire log

October 21, 1990

James W. Halsey, 49, of Perryman, was shot three times after struggling over a handgun at his home with a Street teen-ager he met at an Edgewood adult bookstore last Sunday, the county Sheriff's Department said.

Halsey, who police said was shot twice in the right side and once in the right hand, was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

He was released Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said.

The sheriff's department charged Brian S. Kearchner, 18, with assault with intent to murder and armed robbery for the shooting.

Kearchner was shot once in his left hand during the struggle and was treated at Harford Memorial Hospital. He was released Wednesday, a spokesman said.

Halsey met Kearchner and two other teen-agers, George F. Jones of Street and Keith A. Taylor of Bel Air, at U.S. Books, 3001 Pulaski Highway, Sunday at 4:50 p.m., police said.

Halsey took Kearchner and Jones to his mobile home on Busby Drive in Perryman, the sheriff's department said. Taylor followed Halsey in another vehicle, but got lost and never got to Kearchner's residence.

At the residence, Kearchner pulled out a small-caliber handgun and a struggle for the weapon began, the sheriff's department said. In the struggle, Halsey and Kearchner were shot.

Kearchner and Jones fled the residence on foot, taking Halsey's wallet and car keys, the department said. They were apprehended a short distance from Halsey's residence.

Taylor was apprehended when he went to Harford Memorial Hospital to check on Kearchner's condition, police said.

The sheriff's department charged Taylor with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery. Jones was charged with armed robbery.


Police recovered an undisclosed amount of cash that was stolen in a robbery at the Commercial Bank in Edgewood Tuesday but dropped by the thief after a "dye pack" in the money bag exploded, the sheriff's department said.

Police gave this account of the incident:

A man went to one of the bank's tellers at 11:30 a.m., demanded money and said he had a gun. After being handed a bag of money, the man fled the bank on foot.

Police said the suspect dropped the money a short distance from the bank when a dye pack concealed in the money bag exploded, covering some money and possibly the man's hands with dye.

Police said the suspect is white, between 20 and 25 years old, and about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds. He was clean cut with short, black hair.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the sheriff's department at 838-6600.


Three Harford men were arrested on drug charges after the county Joint Narcotics Task Force seized two ounces of marijuana, cash and two handguns from an Abingdon apartment on Oct. 10.

The men were each charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. They are being held in the county detention center in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Charged were: Robert A. Baker, 28, of Abingdon; Coy E. Barker II, 24, of Edgewood; and Vincent L. Grammer, 22, of Edgewood.

In addition to the guns and drugs, the task force found $392 and drug paraphernalia when the executed a search warrant at Baker's residence, police said.

The following is a compilation of some of the crimes which police reported they are investigating:


200 block Perrywood Court: A videocassette recorder and a television, value totaling $460, were taken from a house on Oct. 8.

Bel Air

900 block Henderson Road: Two bicycles, valued at $500, were taken from a garage on Oct. 10.


4300 block Hampton Hill Court: Stereo equipment, jewelry and a jacket, value totaling $1,930, were taken from a house on Oct. 10.


2800 block Pulaski Highway: A 1990 Nissan Maxima, valued at $20,350, was stolen from Route 40 Nissan, 2801 Pulaski Highway, on Oct. 4.


2900 block Guyton Road: A television, stereo equipment and cassette tapes, value totaling $1,224, were taken from a house on Oct. 3.

Forest Hill

500 block Walters Mill Road: An air condition, oil furnace and eight cabinets, value totaling $7,500, were taken from a house on Oct. 10.

Havre de Grace

200 block Bloomsbury Avenue: A videocassette recorder, stereo equipment and a microwave, value totaling $1,500, were taken from a house on Oct. 13.


2100 block Cox Road: Tools valued at $4,000 were taken from a garage on Oct. 3.

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