An man armed with a handgun robbed a 25-year-old Columbia woman of her purse Tuesday afternoon in an Ellicott City apartment parking lot.
After taking the purse, the man ran away from the Island Club Apartments, in the 5300 block of Columbia Road.
Police said the suspect is a 5-foot 10-inch black man or Filipinoin his 20s. He was clean-shaven with a medium build and wore gold-rimmed glasses, a red stocking mask that was not pulled down over his face, a dark-colored jacket and blue jeans.
MORE HATE LITERATURE DISTRIBUTED FRIDAY
Police found at least 20 more hate newspapers on Columbia lawns Friday morning, and the Baltimore Church of the Creator claimed responsibility.
The group claimed to have passed out more than 500 copies, according to the Rev. Frank, a 29-year-old member.
The newspaper, Racial Loyalty, contains articles supporting violenceagainst minorities and Jews. The papers were distributed overnight on Phelps Luck Drive and side streets in Long Reach.
The distribution is the fourth in three months. A previous incident occurred on Martin Luther's King birthday, when more than 500 copies were distributed in the same area.
In response to the group's activities, the Columbia Combined Board had a meeting last month attended by more than 70 residents and local politicians, as well as state and federal Fair Housing authorities.
The group has not violated any Fair Housing laws because it has not targeted the distribution to minorities, officials told the audience at the meeting.
ELLICOTT CITY FIRE RULED TO BEARSON
The state Fire Marshal's Office has determined that an arsonist was responsible for a two-alarm fire in Ellicott City that caused extensive damage to two shops and two apartments.
The Feb. 19 fire, in the 8100 block of Main Street, damaged Ellicott's Country Store, the craft shop, Heirlooms, and two apartments above the shop.
Afour-day investigation by state fire investigators revealed that thefire was set in a second-floor storage room in the rear of Ellicott's Country Store, said Bob Thomas, deputy state fire marshal.
Thereare no suspects.
Damage to Ellicott's Country Store, including the loss of numerous antiques, totaled $250,000, Thomas said. Fire officials estimated damage to the adjacent building at $60,000.
EnaleeBounds, who has owned Ellicott's Country Store for 30 years, plans to reopen the store in June with a 30th anniversary celebration.
The state Fire Marshal's Office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the fire. Anyone with knowledge of the fire is asked to call 1-800-492-7529.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:
12900 block of Triadelphia Mill Road: A 1988 blue Buick Regal was stolen Tuesday.
9400 block of Macomber Lane: Someone stole a 1985 Toyota truck Wednesday after keys were left in the car's ignition.
7000 block of Deepage Drive: A 1990 Mazda 628 was stolen Wednesday at the parking lot of the Supreme Sports Center.
6000 block of Majors Lane: AVCR, jewelry and a microwave was stolen Wednesday after someone gained entry by lifting a window off its track.
6200 blockof Hanover Road: A lock on a barn was broken and tools, mag wheels, tires, a welder, a weed-eater, 13 doors and more than 25 aluminum beams were taken on Tuesday. The next day, the owner saw two men back anolder-model Ford pickup truck into the unlocked barn and take an aircompressor.
Deep Run Elementary School, 6925 Old Waterloo Road: AVCR, radio, cash and jewelry were taken from an unlocked classroom between 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Robbers entered the school through a rear door that was left unlocked.
8900 block of Baltimore Street: Someone removed a doorknob from a porch door and tried to pry caulk from a window frame Feb. 19 between noon and 3 p.m.
10119A Route 1: Someone smashed a window at All Tune & Lube and took an undetermined amount of money Wednesday.