ARSONS/ARREST: Northern District -- Police arrested two teen-agers and charged them as deliquents in connection with setting fire to two homes in the 3600 block of Roland Ave. Tuesday night. Police said the youths used matches to start the fires that caused $45,000 damage to one house and $20,000 damage to another. Police said the house at 3639 Roland Ave. was vacant at the time of the fire, but that the house next door, at 3637 Roland Ave., was reportedly occupied. No injuries were reported and a motive for the arsons was not known. After charging the youths, police transported them to the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School at Cub Hill in Baltimore County, where they will remain pending action by juvenile authorities.
RAPE/ARREST: Central District -- Police arrested a man and were holding him at the station pending charges that he raped a woman after forcing her into the rear of an abandoned truck in the 300 block of Park Ave. Police said the victim was accosted by the man about 8:20 p.m. yesterday and forced into the truck, where she was raped and assaulted. Following the attack, the woman reported the incident to police and gave them the identity of her attacker. Police said the woman was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she was treated for injuries and released. Later, police arrested a suspect not far from the rape scene.
ASSAULT: Central District -- Lillie Owens, of the 1000 block of Argyle Ave., reported that during an incident early today near her home she was attacked by a woman who struck her in the head with a metal cane. Police said Owens was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center for treatment of multiple and deep lacerations and was today listed in fair condition. The assailant, police said, was being sought.
BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 600 block of George St. reported that someone broke into her apartment by forcing open the front window and removed stereo equipment valued at more than $1,300.
ROBBERY TRY: Central District -- Police today were seeking a man who attempted to rob an employee of the Quille-Crown parking lot in the 500 block of E. Pratt St. yesterday evening. Police said a man wearing a gray jacket around his waist and a paper bag with eye holes over his head approached the parking-lot employee and demanded money while pointing a knife at him. Police said the employee backed away and fled, and the armed man ran in the opposite direction.
THEFT: Northern District -- Leona Trotter, of the 5600 block of Greenspring Ave., reported someone trespassed on her property yesterday and removed two wrought-iron garden benches. Police said the lawn furniture was valued at $1,000.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 4400 block of Clydesdale Ave. reported that someone broke into his garage by breaking a lock and removed a 10-speed bike valued at more than $100.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Lois Herr, of the 3200 block of Juneau Place, reported someone entered the front porch of her home yesterday and removed a flag pole and an American flag. Police said the property was valued at $45.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Vivian Shuler, of the 3100 block of Mareco Ave., reported that a man she knows entered her home and stole $400. Police said Shuler was advised to seek either a warrant for the man's arrest or a summons ordering him to court to answer theft charges.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Zwazette Ringold, 28, of the 2300 block of Edwing Court in Hollander Ridge, reported she was standing at a bus stop in the 2200 block of 62nd St. when a man stole her jacket. Police said the jacket was valued at more than $100.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police reported that someone entered the bedroom of Joseph Taylor, of the 2900 block of Grindon Ave., and removed property valued at $200.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police responding to a shoplifting report at the Giant Food store in the 5100 block of Sinclair Lane arrested two male juveniles who attempted to leave the store without paying for several items. Police said the youths were taken to the police station and held there until their parents arrived. Police said the youths were then released in the custody of their parents pending action by juvenile authorities.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Brenda King, of the 2700 block of Tivoly Ave., reported she was in the 2800 block of Harford Road when she was accosted by a man armed with a handgun who pressed the weapon in her side and demanded her purse. Police said the gunman fled with cash and property valued at $50.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- A 13-year-old girl reported to police she was in the 6000 block of Loch Raven Blvd. when she was assaulted by an older male who twisted her arm behind her back and robbed her of her purse. Police said the purse contained cash and other property valued at more than $50.