Two out-of-state men were arrested Tuesday night for soliciting an undercover Annapolis police officer posing as a prostitute on West Street, city police said.
Shortly before 9 p.m., a man driving a car with an Ohio license plate pulled to the curb at West Street and Lafayette Avenue and allegedly asked the officer if she knew where he could find some marijuana, police said.
He asked her if she was "interested in anything." When she asked what he meant, he offered to pay her $20 for sex, police said.
Jason Scott Mahle, 22, of Marion, Ohio, was charged with solicitation, police said.
A second man was arrested a half-hour later.
James D. Jones, 45, of Pottstown, Pa., was charged with solicitation after he allegedly pulled into a gas station on West Street and asked what the undercover officer was doing. When the officer said she was "working," police said he offered to pay $30 for sex.
Their arrests brings the number of men charged with soliciting undercover officers to 41 since Annapolis police began cracking down on prostitution on WestStreet in early January. Eleven women have been charged with prostitution, police said.
CLERK, 77, SPRAYS MACE AT ROBBER
A 77-year-oldwoman sprayed Mace in a robber's face when he and an accomplice robbed an Annapolis arcade Tuesday evening.
The two bandits walked into the Funcade Arcade in Parole Plaza at 6:30 p.m. As one of them asked for change, the woman noticed that the other was crawling on the floor along the counter, county police said.
The man shouted that a robbery was taking place before grabbing a box under the counter thathad about $81 in it. The elderly clerk sprayed Mace in the robber's face before he ran out the door.
When the woman dialed 911, the second robber grabbed the phone and gave police dispatchers an incorrect description of the first robber before running from the arcade.
The two robbers ran in opposite directions.
The first bandit was described as a black male, about 5-foot-7, wearing a light-blue shirt and blue jeans. The second robber was described as a black male, wearing green Army fatigue pants and a green Army jacket.
CITY MAN CHARGED WITH CHOKING WOMAN
A 20-year-old Annapolis man was charged with choking a woman, leaving her bruised and gasping Tuesday evening, police said.
Eric K. Barbin, 20, of the 400 block of Captain's Circle, faces charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery, and destruction of property, city police said.
Police found Angela P. Jensen, of the 300 block of Cedar Trail in Crownsville, in front of Barbin's apartment at 5 p.m. She told police he had hit her in the face, slammed her head against a tree and kicked her in the ribs.
Police charged that he also resisted arrest and kicked a patrol car door.
WOMAN ASSAULTED IN CAR AT GUNPOINT
A 26-year-old woman wassexually assaulted yesterday by a man who picked her up in Baltimore.
County police said the woman got into the car at 5:30 a.m. with a man she had met through a friend in Hyattsville. When they arrived in the Selby area in South County, the man took out a gun and forced the woman to engage in sex before throwing her out of the car.
Sheran to the Selby Food market and called police from a pay phone.
The woman described her attacker as a white male, about 5-foot-7, with collar-length brown hair. He was driving a beige Ford Escort.
100 block of Woodlawn Avenue: April 13, entry gained through door. Money taken. Total loss: $500.
400 block of Shipley Road: April 13, entry gained through door. Lawn mower taken. Total loss: unknown.