Boy changes his story on bicycle robbery

June 09, 1994

An 11-year-old boy who had told police that two men took his bicycle at gunpoint May 27 gave a different account Tuesday to an Eastern District detective investigating the robbery, police said.

The boy told Detective Michael Curley that he was in Chesterfield Community Park when he noticed his bike missing. He found two boys who lived in his neighborhood and asked for his bike back. One of the boys threatened to beat him up and the boy fled, police said.

The victim had been afraid to tell the truth because of the threat of bodily harm, police said, so he made up the story about the two men robbing him at gunpoint.

Officer Randy Bell, a spokesman for the county police, said the original report "generated a lot of fear in citizens in the area who use the park.

Numerous calls were made to Eastern District from citizens airing their concerns to police."

The investigation into the theft is continuing, and no charges will be placed against the boy for making a false report, police said.

Police council to meet June 15

The Eastern District Police Community Relations Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at the Eastern District Police Station, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

A guest speaker from the Anne Arundel County Police Department will discuss the Drug Interdiction Program. The district commander will answer questions and discuss crime prevention and law enforcement in the community.

The council meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Seton Keough student receives many honors

Cynthia Ann Katafiasz of Pasadena received several awards during the graduation ceremonies of Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.

Ms. Katafiasz was the valedictorian of the Class of 1994, and earned two awards for having the highest grades in Religion and in Social Studies for Psychology.

She also received two college scholarships, one from Juniata College for $16,000 and one from Bridgewater College for $40,000.

Seton Keough presented the Ganster Award for General Excellence to Ms. Katafiasz, recognizing her as the senior with the highest scholastic average.

The State of Maryland Merit Scholastic Award and the Presidential Academic Fitness Award were also presented to Ms. Katafiasz.

VTC

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