Armed man arrested after 3-hour manhuntAn armed man led...

POLICE BEAT

September 03, 1992

Armed man arrested after 3-hour manhunt

An armed man led authorities on a three-hour chase yesterday morning after running a stop sign and pointing a gun at a veteran Annapolis police captain.

Roger C. Lawhorn, 25, of College Parkway in Cape St. Clair, was captured in Eastport. He faces charges of threatening police, fleeing and eluding, and weapons and traffics violations, city police said.

The manhunt began at about 4 a.m. after Mr. Lawhorn allegedly failed to stop at a sign at Newtowne and Forest drives.

When police attempted to pull him over, he sped off across Forest Drive and down Tyler Avenue before jumping out of his car in the Robinwood public housing complex.

While city officers and a state police helicopter searched the area, Mr. Lawhorn apparently hid and then made his way to a bus stop in the 1300 block of Tyler Avenue. Capt. Casey Gittings, who was driving to work, spotted the suspect at the bus stop at 7 a.m. and drove over to the curb.

Police said Mr. Lawhorn pulled a pistol from his pants and pointed it at Captain Gittings for a second before running away again.

He jumped over two fences near Annapolis Overlook and hid in the woods, where backup officers found him approximately 20 minutes later, police said.

A police dog trained to detect weapons led officers to the handgun, which was concealed in the shrubbery.

He was awaiting arraignment in District Court yesterday

afternoon.

Odenton man sought in beating of woman

County police have issued an arrest warrant for an Odenton man accused of beating his girlfriend with a beer bottle and threatening to kill her Sunday night.

According to the police report, Debra Davis, 31, of the 1400 block of Watts Avenue in Severn, told officers that her boyfriend, Francis Adrian Howard, 38, picked her up in Landsdowne and said he had fixed her car and would take her to it.

But instead, he drove her to a dirt road near state Route 175 and began beating her with a beer bottle and his fists.

He ordered her to undress and stand in front of the car so he could run her over, the police report said.

He told her to get dressed and get back in the car. They drove away, and when Mr. Howard got to the intersection of Ridge Road and Annapolis Road, he pushed her out of the car while it was still moving, police said.

Ms. Davis ran to a gas station for help and someone called the police.

Police issued an alert for Mr. Howard, of the 400 block of Placid Court in Odenton. He was last seen in Pioneer City trying to sell Ms. Davis' diamond engagement ring for crack cocaine, the police report said.

The warrant charges Mr. Howard with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, robbery, battery and assault.

Severn man, 28, shot in the shoulder

A 28-year-old Severn man was shot in the shoulder late Tuesday night, county police reported.

Lavonzo Lee Sharps, of the 1800 block of Hawk Court, was sitting on the front porch of his home at 11 p.m. when he heard someone call out his name. He looked up and saw a blue Geo Storm. A man inside the car stuck his arm outside and fired a silver-colored handgun at him.

Mr. Sharps went to his sister's home, and she drove him to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated and released, police said.

Four men charged in prostitution sting

County police charged four men with solicitation during a crackdown on prostitution in Brooklyn Park Tuesday night.

Investigators said female officers posing as prostitutes were stationed along Ritchie Highway when the men approached them and offered to exchange money for sex.

Frank Henry Gray, 43, of the 6400 block of Bricktown Circle in Glen Burnie, was charged with solicitation for prostitution.

John Adams Kuchta, 31, of the first block of Roosevelt Avenue in Glen Burnie; Raymond Arnold Baker, 30, of the 500 block of Old Stage Road in Glen Burnie; and James Frederick Strauss Jr. of the first block of Thomas Avenue in Brooklyn were all charged with solicitation for lewdness.

Mr. Strauss also was charged with solicitation for prostitution, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Police charge 4 men with distributing drugs

County police have charged four men with distribution of cocaine after a patrol officer saw them smoking crack in Glen Burnie early yesterday morning.

Charron Pearson, 21, of the 200 block of Woodhill Drive in Glen Burnie; Brian Orlando George, 20, of no fixed address; Bryant Nathaniel Levroney, 20, of the 300 block of Southgate Drive in Glen Burnie; and Kevin Maurice Dukes, 20, of the 6400 block of Miami Avenue in Glen Burnie were all taken to Northern District station to be charged.

According to the police report, Officer Gordon Merritt saw the men smoking crack on Woodhill Drive at 12:25 a.m.

Officer Merritt confiscated seven rocks of crack worth about $450, $2,657 in cash, and a 1988 Nissan pick-up truck.

The following break-ins have been reported to county police:

* Annapolis: First block of Old Mill Bottom Road: Aug. 30, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.

1000 block of Bay Ridge Road: Aug. 26, entry gained through the door. Guitar and other music equipment taken. Total loss: $1,200.

* Brooklyn Park: 5800 block of Ritchie Highway: Aug. 30, entry gained through the window. Unknown property taken.

* Harwood: 4400 block of Muddy Creek Road: Aug. 27, entry gained through the door. Appliances taken. Total loss: unknown.

* Odenton: 1500 block of Annapolis Road: Aug. 27, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.

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