Man Badly Injured After Chase, Crash

Police beat

January 30, 1991

An 18-year-old Silver Spring man remained in critical condition yesterday after his car crashed into a tree Monday on Leishear Road during a car chase, county police said.

Dinh Vo, 18, of the 700 block North Hampton Drive was listed in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. A 16-year-oldpassenger in his car was also injured and taken to the trauma center, although a report on his condition was not available.

Police say a man began the chase in Greenbelt in Prince George's County, where he claims to have seen Vo and his companion take a car stereo system and speakers from his car.

The chase continued on U.S. 29, with the cars entering Howard County shortly before 2:20 a.m.,police said. Vo took Route 216 eastbound and turned left on to Leishear Road in Scaggsville, police said.

2 ARMED MEN ROB WEIS SUPERMARKET

Two armed men wearing ski masks robbed a Laurel supermarket Sunday after one of the men struck an employee in the head with a gun, county police said.

The two men forced their way into the Weis supermarket in the 9200 block All Saint's Road about 7:15 a.m., as employees were preparing the store for the day's business.

Both men pointed their guns at about eight employees and ordered them to turn over money from the office. One of the gunmen then struck a male worker with his handgun, causing a minor cut, police said.

After being handed an undisclosed amount of money from the office, both men ran from the scene, police said.

Both men are described as black males intheir late teens to early 20s, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, police said.

2 WOMEN MUGGED, STRUCK IN COLUMBIA

County police are investigating two muggings Saturday evening in Columbia in which women walking alone were shoved to the ground and their purses taken.

The first incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. near Wilde Lake Middle School, when a 44-year-old Columbia woman was pushed down whiletaking a walk, police said. The assailant grabbed her purse, containing a small amount of cash, and ran toward Wilde Lake High School.

About one hour later at the Mall in Columbia, a 24-year-old Woodlawnwoman was grabbed by the hair and thrown to the ground by one of twomen who demanded money, police said.

The incident occurred in theupper level of the eastern end of the mall parking lot. The victim suffered a slight injury to her head but did not require medical attention, police said.

Police say the description of the assailants inboth cases were black males in their late teens, although it has notbeen determined whether the crimes were committed by the same people.

MEN WITH SHOTGUN ROAM PARKING LOT

Two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, robbed purses from two women who were walking to their car Monday at a Columbia parking garage, county police said.

The women, ages 46 and 50, were in the Wincopin Circle parking garage when they were approached by the two men shortly before 8:10 p.m., police said.

After one man pointed the shotgun at them, the other took their purses, which contained an unknown amount of cash, police said. The men then fled the scene.

Police did not have a description of either of the two black males. Neither of the victims were injured.

2 ARRESTED FOR SPREE AT TWO HIGH SCHOOLS

County police have arrested two men in connection with trespassing and vandalism at Hammond and Centennial high schools Jan. 14 , a police spokesman said.

On Monday, police arrested Mario A. Lee, 19, of the 5800 block Steven's Forest Road on charges of assault and battery, disorderly conduct,trespassing and other related charges, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.

A 16-year-old Columbia juvenile also was arrested on similar chargesJan. 22, Gardner said. The juvenile has been released to the custodyof his parents, and Lee was released on his own recognizance.

Gardner said two other men, from Baltimore, also are being sought for questioning in the school incidents, in which four people shouted obscenities, disrupted classes and assaulted a teacher.

Four teen-agerswent to Hammond High School and caused disturbances in the hallway and in classrooms. After being chased away by teachers, the group later began yelling obscenities at nearby Centennial, where a teacher waspunched in the nose while trying to evict them.

Gardner said the group had apparently been drinking alcohol before appearing at the schools. The group originally went to visit Hammond because one of the men had a girlfriend who was a student at the school, Gardner said.

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