Man tries to flee court as jury finds him guilty

September 23, 1992|By Alan J. Craver and Lan Nguyen | Alan J. Craver and Lan Nguyen,Staff Writers

A man on trial for a February carjacking attempted to flee a courtroom in the Howard County Circuit Courthouse as the jury foreman announced a guilty verdict yesterday.

The man, Anthony Bernard Joyner, was tackled by a juror, then subdued by the assistant state's attorney handling the case and sheriff's deputies.

"After the jury said its verdict, he took off and started running out of the courtroom," said Assistant State's Attorney Joe Murtha. "[One of the jurors] sort of knocked him out of the way, and I helped.

"We fought with him for about five minutes before he could be subdued and taken out of the courtroom. I was telling him not to fight. We were trying to subdue him, throwing him against the wall."

Mr. Murtha said Joyner ran about 20 feet before being tackled. He feared that Joyner would reach for a deputy's gun during the struggle, he said, so he fought to keep a grip on the man's arms.

"I was trying literally to hold a half nelson on him," Mr. Murtha said.

Mr. Murtha said he did not know the name of the male juror who tackled Joyner but added, "I commend his courage in actually stopping him. The jury was pretty frightened by this."

Mr. Murtha said he was reviewing the possibility of filing additional charges against Joyner, whose sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Joyner, 22, of Mitchellsville, was found guilty of robbery, theft, assault, robbery with a deadly weapon and use of a handgun during a felony after a two-day trial before Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney.

The jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching its verdict.

Mr. Joyner was arrested in March after he was stopped by Prince George's County police in a stolen 1985 BMW with its vehicle identification number and license plates changed.

The owner of the car, Karen G. Shipp of the 9500 block of Sea Shadow, had been confronted by Joyner as she got out of the car near her home Feb. 15. Ms. Shipp testified that Joyner held a handgun to her left side and demanded her car keys. She said she handed him her keys and ran to her town house as he drove off in her car.

The defendant told the jury he had borrowed the car from a friend named "Mike" from Washington while his car was in a repair shop.

Under cross-examination by Mr. Murtha, Joyner said he was not sure of Mike's last name, address or telephone number.

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