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POLICE BEAT

September 06, 1992

Man, 28, charged with attempted rape

Howard County police have charged a 28-year-old Annapolis man with breaking into and entering an apartment in Savage and attempting to rape a 22-year-old woman asleep in a bedroom.

Mark Lebarian Holmes, of the unit block of Roosevelt Drive, has been charged with attempted rape, breaking and entering, and several counts of assault, police said.

At about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said, a man removed a window screen and entered an apartment in the 8500 block of Storch Woods Drive.

The intruder forced the woman's face into a mattress and tied her hands with her purse strap. When the woman screamed, the intruder tried to flee, but encountered the woman's parents, police said. The couple detained him outside until police arrived, police said.

Police hunt vandals of government offices

Howard County police are searching for a vandal who spray-painted two county government buildings with anti-government slogans and symbols.

Between 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, police said someone spray-painted, "Where the state stops, life starts" and "Destroy government conformity," on the walls of the Ligon and Carroll buildings on Court House Drive.

The vandal also painted two county vehicles with anarchist symbols, police said.

People with information about the graffiti may call police at 313-2266.

Couple charged with toothpaste theft

A Baltimore man and a Washington woman have been charged with robbery, assault and theft after allegedly attempting to steal 40 tubes of toothpaste from a Giant Food store in Ellicott City, county police said.

Arnold Odell Wilson Jr., 19, of the 2300 block of Calverton Heights Ave., and Andrea Lashawn Grayton, 31, of the 1800 block of 1st St. in Washington, were being held by authorities Friday afternoon.

Police said that shortly before 12 a.m. Thursday, a man was seen placing 40 tubes of toothpaste in a shopping bag at the Giant Food store in the 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike.

The man tried to flee the store when several store employees confronted him, police said.

Police said the man and a woman who was accompanying him fought with employees but managed to flee the store, police said. The workers then called police.

The suspects were arrested less than a mile away at a gas station on St. John's Lane, police said.

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The following break-ins have been reported to police:

* Columbia: 5500 block of Cedar Lane: Someone stole a purse, car keys and a 1985 maroon Ford Escort. The Maryland plates are VET-489.

* Elkridge: 7300 block of U.S. Route 1: Someone smashed a window to Imprinted Sportswear and stole clothing.

6700 block of Dorsey Road: A brown 1987 Chevrolet pick-up truck was stolen from Lewis Motor Co. The Maryland plates are 1A44213. Suspects were seen getting out of a Chevrolet Corsica and fleeing in the stolen car. The Corsica was reported stolen from Baltimore.

* Ellicott City: 4300 block of Columbia Road: A motorist picked up two men at Hammerjacks in Baltimore and let one of them drive his 1990 red Dodge truck. The two pushed the driver out of his truck and beat him. They stole the truck, which has Pennsylvania plates.

10300 block of Breconshire Road: Someone pried a window screen open and stole jewelry.

9000 U.S. 40: Someone stole a 1989 black Ford Taurus from Miller Chevrolet. The car has no tags.

* North Laurel: Bourbon Street: A 1984 Ford EXP was stolen when the keys were left under a seat. The car was recovered on Mayflower Court.

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