Teen charged in beating of New York man in Harris Heights

August 12, 1994

County police arrested a 15-year-old Glen Burnie youth on assault charges Wednesday morning after a group of youths who beat a New York man in woods in Harris Heights, then cornered the man on the porch of a house on Carolina Ave., officials said.

The youth was charged with robbery, assault and battery and released to his parents. Northern District officers are trying to identify the other boys.

The victim, Dennis Patrick O'Hara, 25, of Seaford, N.Y., was punched in the eye but declined to be treated, police said.

He told police he came across the youths about 1:30 a.m. while he was looking for a liquor store. The youths led him to woods, then asked him for money. One of them punched him when he refused. Mr. O'Hara ran, and the boys -- armed with sticks -- chased him, police said.

Soon, two Northern District officers on foot patrol on Carolina Avenue saw Mr. O'Hara run from the woods to the porch of a nearby house. He banged on the door and asked for help when the youths cornered him, police said.

All but one of the suspects saw the officers and ran back into the woods. Police said they arrested a 15-year-old after separating him from Mr. O'Hara.



* Glen Burnie: Thieves smashed the front door window of the R&V Wine and Spirits store in the 1200 block of Robert Crain Highway Tuesday and stole more than $2,000 worth of beer and cigarettes.

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