5 Students Arrested In Abduction, Beating

Police, fire log

March 11, 1992

A 16-year-old Oakland Mills High School lacrosse player was abductedand beaten Monday by five other students of the school as he tried to get into his car in the school parking lot. Police said the fight apparently started because of an earlier scuffle between lacrosse and baseball players during practice.

The victim was getting into his car at 6:30 p.m. to go home when a group of baseball players in a white station wagon threw him into the back of the car and drove off, police said.

Inside the wagon, police said the suspects kicked and punched thevictim, trying to take off his jacket. The suspects drove to the endof Macomber Lane -- a couple of blocks away -- where they threw the victim out and continued to beat him. Police said the group left the victim there and drove off.

Police noticed the car a short time later at Oakland Mills and Old Montgomery roads. All five students in the car were arrested and charged as juveniles with assault and abduction. They were released to their parents.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated forbruises and wrist injuries and released.


A narcotics police officer was injured Saturday night after being hit by a pickup truck that had rammed into a police cruiser.

Police Detective Page Christis was treated at the Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital for a bruised leg and released.

Police charged the driver of the pickup truck, David A. Richards, of Grag Drive in Jessup, with driving while intoxicated, driving with a revokedlicense and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Christis and other police officers had stopped two cars they suspected ofhaving crack cocaine at Whiskey Bottom and Brock Bridge roads at 12:09 a.m. Saturday when the eastbound pickup truck hit a police car. The collision knocked the car into one of the stopped vehicles and another police car, hitting Christis as well.

Police say the truck backed up and sped away. Police found the truck a half-mile away, disabled and abandoned.

Howard and Anne Arundel police arrested Richards, 39, as he emerged from a wooded area onto U.S. 1 near Lynn Buff Court almost two hours later.

Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman, said one of the police cruisers was nearly totaled. He did not know the damage to the other car.

Police also arrested seven passengers in the two cars and charged them with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of crack cocaine. Other charges are pending, police said.


A burglar alarm thatwent off Sunday night led to the arrest of two men and a youth who allegedly broke into an Ellicott City convenience store to steal cigarettes and food.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Royal Farm store on the 8700 block of Town & Country Boulevard at 1:30 a.m. and found the front door open and the interior lights on. When policewent inside, they found two suspects filling paper bags with cigarettes, food and other items. Police said a third suspect had already left the store when they arrived.

Police arrested James F. Nagel III, 19, of the first block of Wade Avenue in Catonsville, and Robert W.Blackburn, 20, of the 8700 block of Town and Country Boulevard. The third suspect -- a 15-year-old Catonsville boy -- was arrested the next morning.

All three were charged with breaking and entering.

Police said a clerk did not secure the pins on the door correctly, allowing it to be opened without tampering with the dead-bolt lock.


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


8900 block of Tamar Drive: An unknown number of items were taken after someone broke into a rear sliding window between Friday and Sunday.

6800 block of Happy Heart Lane: Someone stole a videocassette recorder, camera, jewelry and clothes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. March 4.

9500 block of Sea Shadow: Police found a 1988 Pontiac Trans Am that had been stolen in November. The car had beenthere two months.

7400 block of Broken Staff Lane: A television, vacuum, phone, VCR and kitchen and bathroom supplies where taken froma home of a new resident between Friday and Sunday.

5300 block ofMad River Lane: A house was ransacked and jewelry was taken Friday between noon and 7:45 p.m. Police say there was no forced entry.

10300 block of Sixpence Circle: The resident was awakened by a tapping noise at 3 a.m. Sunday and saw a man with black pants and a gray-hooded sweat shirt climb over a fence. The suspect broke a rear sliding door latch, but did not enter the house.

6200 block of Sunny Spring: A prowler described as wearing dark clothing with a hood pulled over the head was seen running through the back yard of a residence at 11:45 p.m. March 4.

8700 block of Route 108: A 1985 Dodge Omni was stolen from Howard High School. Police found the car 20 minutes laterat a gas station on Lark Brown Road and arrested a 15-year-old Elkridge teen-ager.

11300 Willow Bottom Drive: Someone stole a 1990 tanNissan Maxima between 11:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Hobbits Glen Country Club. Someone also tampered with the ignition on a 1989 Isuzu Trooper.

Ellicott City

4000 block of White Star Way: Someone entered through an unlocked door and ransacked the house. Nothing was taken.

8500 block of Old Frederick Road: Someone kicked in therear kitchen door and ransacked the house. Nothing was taken.

3800 Grosvenor Drive: Someone shattered a rear basement window between 9a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and stole bikes from the house.

8000 block of Main Street: Someone stole a 1989 gray Olds Cutlass from Parking Lot B in historic Ellicott City between Friday and Saturday.


6100 block of Old Washington Road: Someone tried to pry a screen from a classroom trailer window at Elkridge Elementary School between Feb. 28 and March 2.

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