Teen is charged in carjacking at Columbia mall

October 03, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Howard County police have charged a 17-year-old Baltimore youth in connection with a Sept. 12 armed carjacking across from The Mall in Columbia in which a Jeep was taken from two couples.

Meanwhile, county police have also charged a 24-year-old Baltimore woman and a 21-year-old Baltimore man with making false crime reports about two alleged separate carjackings in Howard County.

The teen-ager, Linwood Omar Smith of the 1800 block of N. Guilford Ave., is charged in an arrest warrant as an adult with armed robbery, assault with intent to rob and theft of a Jeep Cherokee on Wincopin Circle in Columbia last month.

The black male is 6 feet tall and 140 pounds with a slim build. He has black hair and brown eyes, and wears a brace on his lower left leg, police said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 313-2266.

Also yesterday, Jerome Edward Napfel of the 100 block of N. Haven St. was charged in a criminal summons with making a false report about a carjacking at his construction work site in Columbia.

Mr. Napfel had told police that a gunman took his construction truck at 6 a.m. Monday. But police later learned that Mr. Napfel had taken the truck home during the weekend without permission from his boss.

On Thursday, police charged Towanda S. Miales of the 2700 block of E. Federal St. with making a false police report, negligent driving and driving under the influence.

She had told police that about 1 p.m. Thursday, an armed man tried to take her car while she was outside a McDonald's in the 6200 block of Montgomery Road in Elkridge, police said. She said her foot got tangled in the pedals and she drove into a wall, police said. She said the man then fled.

However, witnesses told police that no one had tried to commandeer the woman's car. During an interview at police headquarters, Ms. Miales admitted she lied, police said.

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