West Columbia

December 10, 1992

2 women held in robbery outside mall

Two Baltimore women are being held on $25,000 bond after being charged with robbing a woman outside the Columbia Mall on Tuesday afternoon.

Tarsha Q. Henderson, 22, of the 2400 block of West Lanvale St. and Donita E. Smith, 26, of the 5600 block of Belle Ave, were charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, assault and theft.

The women are also suspects in a robbery the same afternoon at a shopping center in Montgomery County, where they face similar charges.

Both are being held at the Howard County Detention Center, police said.

According to police, a 37-year-old Ellicott City woman was getting out of her vehicle about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday when a woman approached and demanded her purse.

The suspect implied that she had a weapon, then pushed the woman aside, took her duffel bag containing $15 and ran, police said.

About 10 minutes later, an officer stopped a silver Lincoln Continental on routes 29 at 103 in Ellicott City because it matched the description of a car used in a robbery earlier that afternoon in Montgomery County. They arrested the occupants, Ms. Henderson and Ms. Smith.

The victim of the Columbia robbery later identified Ms. Henderson as her attacker, police said. Police said they believe Ms. Smith was in the car during the robbery. Police did not find a weapon.

County police also are trying to determine if the same women are responsible for robbing and attacking a woman as she left Roy Roger's at 7250 Cradlerock Way at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

River Hill seeks seat on board

The River Hill Village board is hoping the Columbia Council will allow a village board members to sit as a non-voting member of the council at its 8 p.m. meeting today.

The board has asked for a member to be seated on the council in anticipation of the village electing its first council member in April. River Hill is Columbia's newest village.

The council was scheduled to debate whether to approve the non-voting seat for River Hill at the last council session, Dec. 3.

But Council Chairman John Hansen asked the board to delay the vote because he wants the council to consider whether a non-voting member should be excluded from the council's executive sessions. Financial and personnel matters are among the items discussed at those sessions.


* Harper's Choice: 5500 block of Suffield Court: Someone scratched a door while trying to break into a house on Thursday or Friday. Entry wasn't gained.

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