Man charged in attempted carjacking

October 04, 1994

Howard County police arrested a man in an attempted carjacking outside Chatham Mall in Ellicott City on Sunday after an officer saw the man running from a security guard, authorities said.

The man approached a 49-year-old Ellicott City woman in the parking lot of the 9200 block of Route 40 about 4:45 p.m. Sunday, demanded her car and then fled when she screamed, police said.

A nearby Kmart security guard was chasing the man when Howard County Officer James Capone arrived at the shopping center for an unrelated shoplifting report. Officer Capone saw the suspect pull a knife on the guard and ordered him to drop it. The man complied and was arrested, police said.

Gary Adolph Johnson Sr., 41, of no fixed address, was being held at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup yesterday in lieu of $750,000 bond. Mr. Johnson has been charged with attempted robbery, assault and other related charges, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Elkridge: 5800 block of Route 1: An officer responding to an alarm at Elkridge Liquors found its front glass door smashed early Friday morning, but police said there was no entry. A blue compact vehicle was seen speeding away on a nearby street, police said.

* Ellicott City: 8200 block of Main Street: A jackhammer and pumps were stolen from a construction trailer after someone pried open a door Thursday morning, police said.

3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive: A green 1991 Ford Mustang with Maryland tags NCL 903 was stolen late Wednesday night or early Thursday, police said.

16300 block of Old Frederick Road: Silverware, computer equipment, a radio, jewelry and other items were stolen from a home Friday after thieves broke through a front door. Police said the thieves searched the home and used the resident's luggage to haul off the stolen items.

4800 block of Dorsey Hall Drive: A green 1992 Ford Mustang with Maryland tags AVP 573 was stolen Saturday, police said.

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