A 32-year-old Pasadena man was charged with trying to drive a van over three county police officers Friday night after the officers triedto break up an apparent drug deal in Freetown Village.
Robert RayMoore Jr., of the first block of Carnene Drive, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder the police officers.
Police say that at 10 p.m., three officers were watching a known open-air drug market in Freetown Village when they saw a blue van with two men inside pull onto Levy Court. The passenger got out of the van and starting talking to a man standing nearby, police said.
Theofficers say they approached the two men, who were standing on the corner, and the men suddenly got into the van and took off, police said.
When police ordered the van to stop, the driver suddenly accelerated and sped toward the first officer, forcing him to jump out of the way, police said.
A second officer tried to stop the van near Huff and Levy courts, but to no avail. "Again, the van sped up and drove straight at the officer, causing him to jump from the path," police said.
Police said the van sped through the community, and officers tried to stop it on Liberty Circle. Again, police said, the van sped up and aimed directly at an officer. Police said they finally stopped the van at Freetown and New Freetown roads.
The passenger in the van, Russell Louis Armano Jr., 30, of the 500 block of Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park, was charged with failing to obey orders of a police officer.