Parks Worker Says Assault Was Racial

Police beat

January 27, 1991

Police arrested four men Thursday in connection with a Jan. 4 race-related assault on a county Recreation and Parks maintenance foreman.

Leroy Colbert, 34, told police he was assaulted after telling the men to put out a bonfire and stop drinking alcohol in the Pleasantville Park in Glen Burnie.

Police say one of the men threatened Colbert with bodily harm andmade several racial remarks.

Allen Michael Haynie, 24, of the 400block Hillview Drive in Linthicum, was charged with assault, destruction of property and possession of an alcoholic beverage on park grounds.

The three Glen Burnie residents charged with destruction of property and possession of alcohol in public were Maurice Charles Labella, 22, of the 1600 block Pleasantville Drive; Donald Wade Casto, 24, of the 800 block Bentwillow Drive and John David Stracke, 21, of the 1600 block Pleasantville Drive.

3 CHARGED WITH 12 ARMED ROBBERIES

County police have charged three Baltimore men in connection with12 armed robberies in northern Anne Arundel County during the past several months.

Police also say the men may be responsible for as many as 70 armed robberies -- mostly of gas stations and convenience stores -- that have occurred recently in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and in Baltimore.

Police say they got a break in the cases last week, after Clauss Liquors in Linthicum was robbed, when a witness copied down the license plate number of the get-a-way car.

Police say they traced the car to Melvin Wright Jr., 34, of the 2200 block Cedley Street, Baltimore.

Wright was charged with several counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon in connection to 12 holdups inthe county between last October and this month.

Robert Lee Davis, 43, of the 1900 block West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, also was arrested and charged with several counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police have issued an arrest warrant charging James Earl Martin, 42, of the 900 block Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, with armed robbery with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Anne Arundel County Police at 222-3450.

TOWN HOUSE BURNED DURING CONSTRUCTION

A town house under construction in Crofton was destroyed in a two-alarm fire early Friday morning.

County fire department spokesman Lt. Gary Sheckells said it took 42 firefighters nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control.

He said one town house was completely destroyed and two other attached homes were damaged. He estimated damages at $15,000.

The homes are in the Blue Ridge at Crofton Meadows development, off Whites Ferry Place, anewly constructed road near Underwood Road Route 424.

Sheckells said he did not know who owns the complex, but said Champion Reality is handling sales.

The fire started at 1:30 a.m. No one was injured. Fire officials are still investigating the cause.

MAN USES FAKE BOMB TO ROB VALU FOOD

A man claiming he had a bomb robbed the Valu Food store in Severna Park Thursday night, getting away with three bank bags containing an undisclosed amount of money.

Police said the man walked up to the front counter at 9:22 p.m. and asked for a check-cashing card application.

The man put a basket on the counter and told the clerk it was a bomb. The man also showed the employee a handgun.

The man took three Bank of Baltimore bags containing money and left the store, leaving the basket on the counter. The bomb was afake, police said.

Police are looking for a white male, 6 feet tall, thin build, long brown hair in a pony tail, about 30 to 35 years old and wearing a military-type green jacket.

MAN STABBED IN FREETOWN FIGHT

A 25-year-old Glen Burnie man was in stable condition Friday after being stabbed in the hip and chest Wednesday evening in Freetown Village.

Ronnie Allen Oxendine, 25, of the 1800 block Ridgewick Court, Glen Burnie, was stabbed at 6 p.m. following a fight over money, police say.

Police say they have issued a warrant charging Troy Neal Edwards, 20, of the 7800 block Huff Court, Pasadena, with assault with intent to murder.

Oxendine was taken to North Arundel Hospital by his mother.

WOMAN'S PLEAS SAID TO END ATTACK

A man abducted a woman near her Crofton home Wednesday night and cut her several times with a knife, then walked away after the woman begged him to stop because she had a little boy at home.

Police reported the 23-year-old woman was driving down Johns Hopkins Road when she hit a raccoon. After getting out of her car to see if the animal was alive, a pickup truck stopped and the passenger asked if he could help.

The woman said no and got back into her car. The man from the truck then climbed into the car and held a knife to her throat. After forcing her onto a dirt road off Severn Chapel Road, he held a knife to her throat, grabbed the back of the woman's head and slammed it into thecar window. He then took the knife and started to cut her clothing away.

The woman then screamed, "Don't hurt me, I have a little boy." Police said the man stopped his attack and ran away.

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