A 17-year-old Columbia resident was assaulted and robbed Thursday byfour men who accosted him as he was walking from The Mall in Columbia, county police said.
The victim exited through the Woodward & Lothrop store of the mall at approximately 8:45 p.m. when the four males approached him, police said. Several of the men then struck him with their fists and he fell to the ground.
After taking the victim's stereo headphones and baseball hat, themen ran from the area on a nearby footpath, police said. The victimsuffered several bruises but was not seriously injured.
Police described the four assailants as black males, all apparently teen-agers.
POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN TRIED ABDUCTION
County police are seeking a Columbia man who is suspected in an attempted abduction of a 31-year-old woman that occurred Wednesday at a Columbia post office.
Police say the victim, from Laurel, was in the post office in the 6800 block of Oak Hall Lane when she ran into a man she previously used to work with at another job. The man asked the woman out but she declined, police said.
The man then pulled an 8-inch knife from his pants and ordered her to go outside with him. He then began pushing herout the door to the parking lot.
Once outside, the woman jerked away from the man and ran back into the post office shortly after 8:30a.m., police said. The man yelled at her but did not attempt to follow, police said.
Police say they know the identity of the man, described as a male in his 40s, and expect to charge him with attempted kidnapping. The woman was not injured.
CAR WARMING UP CATCHES HOME AFIRE
car that had been left to warm up in the garage caught fire Friday at a Columbia home, forcing three people out of their house and causing an estimated $150,000 in damage, county firefighters said.
The fire began at approximately 5:50 a.m., just a few minutes after John Kent, owner of the home, had left the car to warm up, a fire report said. When he returned moments later, he found flames coming from under the engine compartment of the car.
Firefighters say Kentevacuated two other family members from the home in the 5500 block of Colts Foot Court and called the fire department. The fire caused extensive damage to the garage, family and dining rooms, and second-floor bedrooms.
Also destroyed were two automobiles, a 1985 Buick Sentry and a 1981 Pontiac Grand LeMans.
* A compilation of some of the crimes reported to state police and Howard County police:
9000 block Red Branch Road: Jan. 7, someone removed all four tiresof a truck parked in a business parking lot. The theft occurred before 7 a.m.
9600 block Gerwig Lane: Jan. 7, a cleaning woman at a business looked out the window shortly after 7:45 p.m. to see an unknown man dancing in the snow outside. The man was only wearing a G-string and a red T-shirt tied around his head.
10200 block Little Patuxent Parkway: Jan. 7, a 1989 Jeep Cherokee automobile was reported stolen at 4:30 p.m. from a business parking lot.
5600 block Blithe Aire Garth: Jan. 6, several pieces of electronic equipment were stolen before 11:55 p.m. from a home entered through a window.
10000 block Route 108: Jan. 5, a 1990 Acura automobile was reported stolen at 11:45 a.m. from Centennial Park.
3200 block Wheaton Way: Jan. 8, a 1990 Ford Probe automobile was stolen before 11:50 p.m. from an apartment complex parking lot.