County police arrested a Columbia man Monday in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy earlier in the day.
Michael David Blum, 25, of the 5700 block of High Tor Hill in Columbia, is charged with first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, police said. The victim was treated and released from Howard County General Hospital.
Police said the incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. near a pond in the Long Reach area where the boy was fishing. A man armed with a hunting knife grabbed the boy by the arm and led him to his car,police said.
The boy reported he was taken to the man's apartment, where he was sexually assaulted and beaten, police said.
He was able to escape about 30 minutes later and ran to get help at a nearbyhome, police said. The boy returned home from the hospital Monday night after being treated for bruises and abrasions.
Blum, who turned himself in to police about an hour after the incident, is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
POLICE SEEK HISTORY IN SALE OF AK-47
County police and investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are checking the background of a man charged Saturday with selling drugs and an AK-47 assaultrifle to an undercover detective.
Christopher Robin Ervin, 22, ofthe 2000 block of Erie Street in Hyattsville, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and armed drug trafficking,police said.
An undercover county police officer purchased approximately $1,500 in cocaine from a man in four recent drug buys, policesaid. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the detective met a man at an undisclosed Columbia parking lot and purchased a small quantity of cocaine andthe assault rifle, police said.
Police said the detective paid $1,000 in cash for the weapon. He also received three ammunition clips and an attachable bayonet as part of the deal.
The officer had also purchased two shotguns and a semiautomatic handgun from the suspect in previous meetings, police said.
Howard County police spokesman Gary L. Gardner said county and federal investigators are attempting to locate the source of the guns. Additional charges may be filed later, Gardner said.
Ervin was released Monday on an unsecured bond.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH PRESCRIPTION FRAUD
An Elkridge woman has beencharged with 98 counts of prescription fraud stemming from forged prescriptions found at three Howard County pharmacies, where police saythe woman posed as a doctor's secretary to obtain drugs.
PatriciaHess Ide, 40, of the 7800 block of Butterfield Drive, was arrested Friday after police were tipped off by a pharmacist, who said a suspicious woman had been obtaining quantities of pain killers.
Police said the pharmacies -- two in Ellicott City and one in Columbia -- reported that a woman telephoned numerous times throughout 1990, claiming to be a secretary for an area doctor. She would then pick up prescriptions of the painkiller Darvocet N-100 and one other undisclosed drug, police said.
Police said Ide worked for a doctor several yearsago and had his Drug Enforcement Administration identification number, which often was accepted without question by the pharmacists, police said.
Ide was released on her own recognizance following her arrest. Prescription fraud carries a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police is:
8800 block Tamebird Court: March 24, a 1988 Hyundai Excel was reported stolen at 8 a.m. froma residential parking lot.
8700 block Cloudleap Court: March 24, a 1988 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen at 9:30 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
6100 block Foreland Garth: March 23, a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass was reported stolen at 10 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
5700 block Stevens Forest Road: March 23, a 1984 ChevroletEurosport was reported stolen at 8 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
6300 block Golden Hook: March 23, electronic equipment was stolen sometime before 11 p.m. from a home forcibly entered through a window.
3200 block West Springs Drive: March 23, a 1988 Honda Accord was reported stolen at 7 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
4800 block Dorsey Hall Drive: March 22, a 1990 Honda Accord was reported stolen at 12:30 p.m. from a residential parking lot.