Suspect in hit-and-run eludes police car chase

May 25, 1994

An Anne Arundel patrolman chased a suspect into Prince George's county yesterday in the hit-and-run death of a 46-year-old District of Columbia man but lost him when the suspect drove his car into the police cruiser, disabling it.

Prince George's police took up the chase, but lost the suspect when he ran his car into a guard rail near Beltsville and fled into the woods.

According to Anne Arundel police, Robert L. Hanesworth III, who lived in the 200 block of Flagler Place, N.W., was driving west on Md. Route 198 near the Baltimore Washington Parkway shortly after midnight yesterday when a car crossed the median and hit him.

The driver of the car, which was reported stolen May 20, abandoned it and left the scene in a gold car that he had been racing, witnesses told police.

Shortly after noon, Officer Christopher Connor, spotted a gold Acura near Whiskey Bottom Road with a passenger that fit the description of the suspect in the hit and run.

When he tried to stop the car, the driver fled. The chase went through Laurel, on and off U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95 before the driver of the Acura started down Powder Mill Road near Beltsville. At Evans Lane, the suspect rammed Officer Connor's car and took off again.

By that time Prince George's police had arrived to help and continued the chase.

A short time after the suspect fled into the woods, Prince George's police received a report that a man who fit the suspect's description had broken into a house in the 300 block of Powder Mill Road, tied up a woman and stolen her white Honda Civic.

Man enters Alford plea to lesser rape charge

A man whose conviction and 12-year sentence in a 1991 gang rape was overturned by an appellate court admitted yesterday that Anne Arundel County prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of second-degree rape in exchange for an 8-year sentence.

Donald W. Johnson, 27, of the 1000 block of Cayer Drive in Glen Burnie, entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt in the March 1991 incident in Meade Village, but conceding the evidence is against him, before Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

An Anne Arundel jury convicted Johnson of first-degree rape in September 1991, but the Court of Appeals reversed the conviction because the defense should have been allowed to question the victim, a 23-year-old cocaine addict, whether she had previously exchanged sex for drugs, a practice known as "freaking."

At their trial, Johnson and co-defendant Robert L. Galloway, 26, formerly of the 1700 block of Circle Road in Severn, claimed the Pioneer City woman was "freaking" when she went to the Meade Village area of Severn in the early morning of March 9, 1991.

The Court of Special Appeals has affirmed Galloway's conviction on the same charges. He is serving 15 years and is seeking a new trial.

A third defendant, William H. Jackson, 30, of the 7800 block of Willings Court in Pasadena, was arrested after he revealed his role when he testified on behalf of the two others. He was convicted in April 1992 of first-degree rape and later was sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Court of Special Appeals affirmed that last October.

Yesterday's plea "was a compromise, obviously," said Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford II. "This time around the judge, the jury, whoever would hear about the victim's sexual history. That might affect the outcome."

Police issue warrant for man in robbery

County police have issued an arrest warrant for a man on charges of knocking down an Owings Mills woman and robbing her in the parking lot of the Pioneer food Mart Sunday.

Linda Johnson, 39, told police she had just finished using a pay phone near the store and was walking down Pioneer Drive about 2 a.m. when a man stopped her, pushed her to the ground and took $100 from her left front pants pocket, police said.

Ms. Johnson told police that while she was still on the ground two men pulled up in a car and yelled "Come on, Rommie!" Her assailant then fled in the car with the other two men, Ms. Johnson told police.

Ms. Johnson jotted down the tag number of the car and called police.

Western District officers who patrol the area knew of a man nicknamed "Rommie" who lived in the area, police said. Ms. Johnson picked a picture from a photo lineup, and police issued the warrant for 22-year-old Edward Jerome Schrivner of Mary Lane in Glen Burnie, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Maryland City: A stereo and light covers worth a total of $220 were stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of Old Line Ave. Sunday morning.

* Severn Ridge: Someone smashed the passenger window of a car parked in the 1900 block of Cuire Drive and stole a $300 face plate off a stereo sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday.

* Rutland: Someone stole a $1,500 Jacuzzi from a house being built in the 2700 block of Rutland Road sometime between Sunday and Monday.

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