Man attacked in home after going to the door

August 12, 1994

Two men forced their way into an apartment on Red Clay Road Wednesday afternoon, pistol-whipped the man who lived there and ransacked the dwelling, county police said yesterday.

Richard Kevin Lee, 32, who lives in the apartment in the 200 block of Red Clay Road, was was found lying on the living room floor of the apartment about 4:30 p.m. by Western District officers who had been told of the attack by an unidentified caller, said Officer Randy Bell, department spokesman.

The men had forced their way inside when Mr. Lee opened the door, police said. They ransacked the apartment, cut the telephone lines and tried to tie up Mr. Lee with duct tape, police said.

Mr. Lee, who was treated at Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital and released, could not provide a detailed description of the assailants, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Officer Debra Arduini of the Western District at 222-6155.

Couple stopped in car, charged with stealing it

County and military police have charged a Laurel couple with auto theft after stopping them at the Mapes Road entrance to Fort Meade off Maryland Route 32 Wednesday morning as they drove a car that had been reported stolen.

Officer Stephen J. Belenski of the Western District spotted the silver Acura with Florida tags near Town Center Ave. and Charter Oaks Blvd. shortly after 12:30 a.m. and found when he checked on the license number that the car had been stolen in May from a Miami couple, police said.

He followed the car through Fort Meade, calling for help from the base police. Police stopped the car just as it was about to leave the post and arrested the man and woman.

Michelle Andrea Hermonstyne, 27, and James Derrick Jones, 23, both of the 9200 block of Livery Lane in Laurel, were charged with theft of more than $300, police said, and released on their own recognizance.

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