ARRESTS: Central District -- Police last night arrested two men and three women near the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon as they and several others protested violence against women. The protest came a year after a man burst into an engineering school at the University of Montreal and gunned down 14 women with a semiautomatic rifle. Police said Harry Chambers, 46, of the 600 block of Gorsuch Ave., was charged with battery. The other man, Damon Noris, of the 300 block of Park Ave., was charged with hindering a police officer in the performance of his duty. Both men were held overnight at the Central District lockup pending a bail hearing today before a court commissioner. The women, Erica Ana Freudeserger, 23, of the 3100 block of Old Court Road; Sue Akerman, 41, of Upperco; and Julie Anne Fayhey, 24, of the 200 block of E. Preston St., were held overnight at the Women's Detention Center pending a bail hearing today. Charges against the women were not available. Police said that during the 8:30 p.m. demonstration several people used red spray paint to stencil "Rape Free Zone" on the sidewalk near the monument. The base of the monument also was defaced with paint. Police said the protesters had no permit. A spokeswoman for the group told police they also were protesting violence against women in the city. Several disrupted traffic, police said, and others refused to leave when ordered to do so. The march began on 29th Street and ended at Mount Vernon.
ASSAULT ON POLICE: Western District -- Police arrested a man and a juvenile and charged them with the attempted murder of two police officers by a motor vehicle. Police were following a 1991 Hyundai that had been reported stolen when the driver stopped in the 1800 block of Thomas Ave. Police said that when Officers Reginald Hendrix and Darren Blackwell approached the car on foot, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and struck the officers. Police said the car sped off, but was pulled over a short distance away by other officers. Police said Hendrix was not injured but complained of soreness. Blackwell was taken to Bon Secours Hospital, where he was treated for minor bruises and released. Police said the man, Antoine Nickens, whose address was not available, and the juvenile were charged with attempted murder, auto theft and related criminal offenses and multiple traffic charges.
BURGLARY: Southern District -- Police reported that someone broke into the Flea Market, a shop in the 1400 block of W. Patapsco Ave., by forcing a roof vent and removed clothing valued at $500. Police said the burglary occurred yesterday between 4 p.m. and midnight. Police said it was the second time in less than two weeks that the shop had been burglarized.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Attilla Smith, of the 200 block N. Monroe St., reported she was walking in the 200 block of W. Lexington St. when she was stopped by a man who placed a hard object to her back and demanded her money. Police said the man robbed Smith of $300 and fled.
THEFT: Central District -- Bronwyn Jones, of the 1300 block of Park Ave., reported that while his car was parked in the 900 block of N. Charles St. someone broke into the trunk and #F removed medical books and several slide photos used for his studies. Police said the property was valued at more than $600.
BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 2400 block of Lakeview Ave. reported that someone forcibly entered her third-floor apartment and removed property of unknown property.
THEFT: Central District -- Arthur Creighton, of the 3000 block of N. Calvert St., told police that while his truck was parked in the first block of W. North Ave. someone broke a window and removed a generator valued at $600.
BURGLARY: Central District -- Police reported that someone broke into a basement storage area of an apartment building in the 900 block of St. Paul St. and removed a wooden table and some wicker furniture. The owner of the property told police the table and furniture was valued at $100.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Police today continued to seek a man who entered Dawn's Office Supply in the 2400 block of N. Charles St. and forced an employee to give up money from the cash register. Police said the man, armed with a butcher knife, escaped with less than $100.
ROBBERY: Central District -- An employee at Agabang, a store in the 1900 block of N. Charles St., reported that a man armed with a weapon wrapped in a cloth entered the store yesterday afternoon and ordered her to give him the contents of the cash register. Police said the employee complied and that the man fled with $11.
BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 1200 block of Bolton St. reported that someone broke into his apartment by forcing a rear door and removed cash and a VCR. Police said the value of the property was not known.