Robbery suspects charged after crash
An early Saturday morning car crash ended the flight of two men suspected in an armed robbery just moments before at a convenience store parking lot.
The men were driving a stolen car and crashed on Frederick Road near Forest Avenue after being chased by Baltimore County police.
Police arrested one man at the accident scene and the other shortly afterward nearby. A third suspect is at large. Police say the men were fleeing from the 7-Eleven convenience store parking lot in the 9000 block of Frederick Road.
Arrested were former Columbia resident Mario Alexander Lee, 21, of the first block of McChurch Court in Randallstown, and Seikou Richard White, 19, of the 5400 block of Cedar Lane in Columbia. Both were charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, assault, theft and car theft.
Each was being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.
Police say the trio robbed two Ellicott City residents -- a 20-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man -- at gunpoint. The man and woman were in separate cars in the parking lot when two men emerged from a wooded area and walked up between ## the cars. One of them held a handgun and pointed it at the man's chest, demanding money, police said.
After the man gave $80, the gunman pointed the weapon at the woman, demanding her purse, jewelry and cash. The woman said she did not have any, but the gunman grabbed and frisked her, police said.
Both suspects fled into the woods toward Frederick Road in Baltimore County in a light-colored car.
Police recovered a replica of a .45-caliber BB gun in the car, which had been reported stolen three days earlier from a Harper's Choice parking lot.
Columbia teens charged in robbery
Three Columbia teen-agers have been charged in connection with last week's robbery of a Laurel teen-ager.
The 18-year-old victim was sitting in the parking lot of the Hickory Ridge WaWa store last Wednesday when a group of teen-agers came up to him and and beat him. Some held him while he was getting punched while others went through his pocket and took an undisclosed amount of money.
Police charged Timothy Michael Williams, 18, of the 10700 block of Cordage Walk, and Damon Lamont Hamlin, 18, of the 10300 block of Night Mist Court, with robbery and assault; and a Columbia youth, 17, with robbery.
Police identified the suspects through license tag numbers. They are continuing their investigation.
County employee arrested for drugs
A 16-year-old county employee was arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine in front of a neighborhood center.
Police arrested the Columbia teen-ager Friday after he allegedly sold cocaine in front of the Roger Carter Recreation Center in Ellicott City. He has been charged with possession with intent to distribute crack and possession of crack and paraphernalia.
Police arrested the teen-ager after he left the parking lot in a van. Police found on him $200 worth of crack cocaine and $80 in cash.
Police put the center under surveillance after receiving information of drug dealing in the area. Police said anyone with information on drug activity is asked to call the Drug Tip Line at 290-DRUG.
Indecent exposure incidents reported
Two Ellicott City women walking around Centennial Lake told police they saw a man masturbating by a pathway. The incident occurred at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The man fled into the woods and did not harm or threaten either women.
Police describe him as white, 5-feet-7, 180 pounds with brown hair and light complexion.
In another incident, two people walking along a footpath on the 6000 block of Tamar Drive saw a man expose himself Friday night.
The man is described as a white male, about 5-feet-7, with a slim build and light brown hair. He was wearing white shorts and a T-shirt.
House fire causes $40,000 in damage
A three-alarm fire caused more than $40,000 of damage at an Ellicott City house Friday night.
The fire at the 9200 block of Springvalley Road started at 9:2p.m. and was the result of a short in an electrical panel, according to fire officials.
Residents were returning home when they saw smoke from their house. Fire officials reported no injuries.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
6500 block of U.S. 1: Two trailer doors of Elkridge Library were pried. A printer and a computer were taken.
6400 block of White Peach Place: A car registration was taken from a garage overnight Sunday.
5400 block of Mystic Court: A window was forced open Thursday. Nothing was taken.
5400 block of Mystic Court: A window was entered Thursday. Jewelry and cash were taken.
5300 block of Iron Pen Place: A bike was taken from an open garage overnight Friday.
9200 block of Rustling Leaf: A padlock on a shed at Hopewell pool was damaged overnight Thursday. Chairs were thrown into the pool.
6400 block of Martin Road: A pump door of Clemens Crossing pool was pried overnight Thursday.
7400 block of Hickory Log Circle: A white 1989 Dodge Dynasty was stolen over the weekend.