Friend Accidentally Shoots Man In Stomach

Police, fire log

March 24, 1991

A Columbia man was seriously injured Thursday when a friend accidentally shot him in the stomach with a .357-magnum handgun, county police said.

Anselmo R. Sanchez, 36, of the 5600 block of Stevens Forest Road, was listed in critical condition Friday at the Maryland ShockTrauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. Police said Sanchez was shot in his lower abdomen.

Sanchez was at his apartment in the Autumn Crest complex with several friends at 10:25 p.m. when Michelle Lynn Johnson, 19, of the 2800 block of New York Avenue in Baltimore, pulled out the .357 to show him, police said.

Johnson reportedly put the gun barrel against Sanchez' stomach and jokingly stated, "Sanchez, stick'em up," a statement filed in District Court said. The gun then went off and Johnson called police.

Johnson told police at the scene that she had forgotten to see if the weapon was loaded and didn't remember pulling the trigger, the court papers said. She was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, police said.

Johnson was released from the Howard County Detention Center on $1,000 bail.


A former Long Reach resident who had been staying in West Palm Beach, Fla., turned himself in to county police Wednesday on a charge that he robbed a pair of leather boots last year from a Columbia teen-ager.

Curt Arthur Seiler, 17, a juvenile who has been charged as an adult for the June 1 robbery, returned to Maryland fromFlorida on Wednesday after police contacted him through his parents and his attorney, county police said.

The robbery occurred ThunderHill Road near the Oakland Mills Village Center, when a 14-year-old girl was attacked by three men described as "skinheads," police said.

After telling the girl that they wanted to take the boots from her, the assailants dragged her to a nearby grassy area, police said. One of the men cut the laces from the girl's boots and took them off her feet.

The victim suffered a minor cut on one of her legs.

In November, police received a tip about the robbery and showed the victim a photo lineup of suspects. The victim identified Seiler as one of the assailants, court records said.

Seiler has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault and battery, and misdemeanor theft.The boots were valued at $78, police said.

Police said Seiler wasreleased on unsecured bond. The search is continuing for the other two men involved in the robbery.


A Columbia woman was seriously injured in a head-on collisionThursday morning on U.S. 1 in Jessup, county police said.

The accident occurred at 5:50 a.m. near Mission Road when a pickup truck being driven by William H. Thompson Jr., 36, of the 200 block of St. Helena Avenue in Baltimore, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound car driven by Caroline H. Prochaska, 51, of the 7300 blockof Eden Brook Drive in Columbia, police said.

Prochaska was listed in stable condition Friday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. Thompson refused medical treatment at the scene.

Police said Thompson was cited for failure to keep tothe right.


The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating a fire Wednesday that caused an estimated $45,000 in damage to a Glenwood barn and nearby trailer, county firefighters said.

The fire occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in the 3100 block of Route 97, at an unoccupied barn owned by Steve Walker, a fire report said. A nearby camper, which had been parked adjacent to the barn, also caught fire.

The barn was reportedly a total lossand the camper suffered heavy damage, firefighters said. Cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:


10700 block Midsummer Lane: March 15, electronic equipment and jewelry was stolen sometime before 10:30 p.m. from a home entered through a rear window.

8900 block Early April Way: March 15, a 1990 Mercury Topaz was stolen sometime before 11:50 p.m. from a residential parking lot.

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