Woman thwarts theft of car by five youths

June 23, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

A 28-year-old Baltimore County woman, whose car was stolen recently, spotted five youths trying to steal a car in Stevenson yesterday and decided to stop them.

It worked, sort of. The youths reportedly rammed her car with a stolen automobile, then led police on a chase down Park Heights avenue, crashing into two cruisers and a private car before bailing out.

One of the suspects -- a 16-year-old West Baltimore youth -- was captured nearby and charged as a juvenile with three counts of assault with intent to murder, car theft and attempted car theft, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

Police said the incident began about 11 a.m. when a woman driving in the 3400 block of Keyser Road, about a mile north of the Baltimore Beltway, saw five youths in a driveway trying to break into a 1993 Mitsubishi sports car with a dent puller.

The woman, whose 1988 Nissan had been stolen recently and recovered, pulled behind the Mitsubishi, blocking the driveway, and began pounding her horn to attract attention. What she didn't know, police said, was that the youths had arrived at the scene in another stolen car, a black 1994 Lexus whose path she also was blocking.

The youths jumped in the Lexus and tried to pull away, ramming the woman's car several times, said Sergeant Doarnberger. "They get out of the car and surround her car," he said. "She screams and blows the horn, and they get back in the Lexus and take off."

The woman called police, who began searching for the Lexus. K-9 Officer Jeffrey A. Lauer was heading north on Stevenson Road near Old Post Road when he spotted the suspects headed in his direction. As they approached, the driver turned the Lexus into the officer's lane and headed toward him. When Officer Lauer swerved his car to avoid a crash, the Lexus sideswiped his cruiser and continued.

Unhurt, the K-9 officer turned around and gave chase. But before he could catch up, the suspects had rammed another police car driven by Officer Alayne Liberman at the Park Heights Avenue intersection. Officer Liberman was also unhurt, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

Speeding down Park Heights Avenue into Baltimore, the Lexus struck a car near Seven Mile Lane, and the suspects ran. City and county police, aided by a city police helicopter, combed the area and arrested one of the suspects nearby. The others are at large, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

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