Teen Threatens Teacher With Knife

Police, fire log

May 05, 1991

County police arrested a 16-year-old Jessup boy Wednesday in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a student teacher, who was threatened with a knife in the Hammond High School parking lot.

The victim, a 44-year-old College Park resident, was walking to her car at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when a teen-ager armed with a kitchen knife approached and told her to get in the car, police said.

Police said the woman was carrying her wallet in her hand when the suspect approached, although he did not attempt to take it from her.

The woman began screaming for help and the teen-ager ran off toward the Kings Contrivance Village Center, police said. The victim wasnot injured and ran back into the school, 8800 Guilford Road in Columbia.

After reporting the incident to police, the woman identifieda 16-year-old suspect from last year's Hammond High School yearbook, police said. The suspect had recently dropped out of school, police said.

Police said the boy, who is charged with attempted kidnapping, remained in the custody of juvenile services officials yesterday.


A 12-year-old Columbiaboy was shot in the back with a BB pellet Wednesday while walking inthe area of Wilde Lake Middle School, county police said.

The boy, who is a student at the school, suffered a bruise to his back but did not require medical attention, police said.

Police said the shooting occurred at about 3 p.m. while the boy was walking home from the school, 10481 Cross Fox Lane. He heard a clicking noise and felt a sharp pain while passing by the tennis courts, police said.

The boy said he heard a group of teen-agers yelling just prior to the shooting and saw a possible suspect nearby, although he was unable to provide a complete description to police.


A man armed with a silver semiautomatic handgun robbed an undisclosed amount of cash Monday from the TCBY Yogurt shop in Ellicott City, where the gunman left employees shut in a freezer, county police said.

Police said the man entered the store at approximately 10 p.m. and threatened two employees with the gun before they handed over money. He then ordered them into the freezer and fled on foot from thebuilding, located in the 8400 block of U.S. 40 near Normandy Shopping Center.

After the man left, the employees left the freezer and called police. The gunman wore a white T-shirt and blue sweat pants. Afurther description was not available.


A 19-year-old Columbia man was robbed of $10 in cash Wednesday at the Harper's Choice Village Center, where a man threatened tokill him if he did not hand over his money, county police said.

The victim was walking in the village center at 9:30 p.m. when a man came up to him and demanded cash, police said. No weapon was displayed.

After refusing to give him money, the victim attempted to walk away but the man reached into the victim's pocket and took the $10, police said. The man then ran from the area with two other men who werestanding nearby.


A 69-year-old Sykesville man was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation Thursday after attempting to put out a kitchen fire in his home, county firefighters said.

Jerome C. Herring, of the 600 block of River Road, was released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore after suffering smoke inhalation and second-degree burns to his left foot, a county fire report said.

The fire began at approximately 4:20 a.m. when food on the stove overheated, firefighters said. Herring attempted to put out the fire, which had spread to a nearby wall and ceiling, but was unsuccessful, firefighterssaid.

Firefighters arrived in time to put out the fire before it spread to other rooms of the house. Total cost to repair the damage to the kitchen is estimated at $20,000, firefighters said.


8700 block Cloudleap Court, Long Reach Village Center: April 30, several pieces of electronic equipment were reported stolen at 10:55 p.m. from an apartment complex that was forcibly entered through a sliding glass door.

9000 block Lambskin Lane: April 29, a 1985 Yamaha Ninja motorcycle was stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a residential parking lot.

7500 block Weather Worn Way: April 29, a 1987 Suzuki Samurai motorcycle was stolen sometime during the morning or previous evening from a residential parking lot.

10100 block Windstream Drive: April 29, a 1986 Yamaha Scooter motorcycle was reported stolen at 2:30 a.m. from the driveway of a residence.

10300 block Little Patuxent Parkway: April 28, a 1988 Mazda 626 was reported stolen at 6 p.m. from the parking lot of The Mall in Columbia.

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