Man charged in attack on stepdaughter, 14

August 23, 1994

County police arrested a Severn man Saturday afternoon after family members said he tried to strangle his 14-year-old stepdaughter during a domestic dispute, officials said.

Police officers arrived at the home shortly after 1:30 p.m. and were told the man had attacked the girl when she refused to obey him. Family members said they had to pull the man off the girl, police said.

Francis Bernard Gantt Jr., 42, of the 8200 block of Autumn Lake Court has been charged with assault with intent to murder, child abuse and battery, police said. He was held on $50,000 bail at the Anne Arundel County jail.

3 charged as adults in attack on pizza man

Three juveniles were charged as adults Sunday afternoon in connection with the robbery of a pizza deliveryman who was beaten with a baseball bat in the 8300 block of Candlewick Court, police said.

Gregory Henri Baron, 26, was delivering the pizzas about noon, police said. A youth walked up to him and asked how much the pizzas cost, and Mr. Baron told him the price.

The youth asked Mr. Baron if he had change, while another youth crept up behind him and hit him in the head with a baseball bat, police said. The youths then ran off.

Witnesses called police, and three suspects were arrested in a house in the 1800 block of Arwell Court.

Police said Terone Wayne Johnson, 16, was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery; and his brother, Carlos Linell Johnson, 17, was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to commit robbery. The brothers live in the 1900 block of Arwell Court in Severn.

Vernon Dwight Gay, 16, of the 1800 block of Arwell Court was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to commit robbery, police said. All three were being held on $100,000 bail each.

Police also are looking for a fourth suspect, Officer Bell said.

Mr. Baron was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.

60 youths vandalize, loot 7-Eleven store

Sixty to 70 youths looted and vandalized a 7-Eleven store in the 1500 block of Annapolis Road Saturday morning, causing more than $300 in damage, county police said.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. The store clerk told police the youths came in and began destroying the store and carrying armfuls of merchandise out of the store. They also threw items around the store, broke bottles and coffee pots, and threw food against the window, police said.

The clerk told police he tried to wrestle a $5 bill from a youth who had snatched it from the cash register, and a youth hit him in the mouth.

Witnesses said the youths came from a concert at the Odenton Fire Hall, which is on the grounds of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company. Charles Olson, the president of the company, said, "I don't know for a fact that [the vandalism] is tied in with people at the party." However, he also said he'd heard that people from the concert "caused problems at a community establishment."

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