Teen sought in injury to auto theft detective

October 05, 1994|By Michael James and Peter Hermann | Michael James and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writers

A teen-ager who five weeks ago received a suspended sentence in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy is being sought as a fugitive -- this time on charges that he struck an auto theft detective with a stolen car yesterday in a West Baltimore parking lot.

Sherman Antwon Williams, 19, is charged in a warrant with attempted murder on allegations that he drove a gold 1990 Acura Legend at Officer Verna Tomlin, police said.

The 34-year-old officer was in good condition at Mercy Medical Center last night with leg injuries.

Officer Tomlin, a 15-year veteran who is the daughter-in-law of Col. Leon Tomlin, chief of the neighborhood patrol bureau in the Baltimore Police Department, was one of several officers who went to the 1100 block of W. Saratoga St. about 3:30 p.m. for a report of a stolen car, police said.

The officers found a stolen gold 1990 Acura Legend parked in the lot and were preparing to have it towed to the municipal yard. But before they could make the arrangements, a man daringly jumped in the car, police said.

"He apparently overheard the detectives talking about having the car towed," said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman. "While the officers were checking under the hood for the [vehicle identification number], he took off, sideswiping the officer in the leg."

Officers chased the car a short distance but lost it in heavy traffic.

Williams, a resident of the 2700 block of W. Garrison Ave., was convicted Aug. 29 in the November 1993 slaying of Hosea Parker, who was repeatedly shot when he strayed into an open-air drug market in the 700 block of Poplar Grove St. Originally charged with first-degree murder, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Baltimore Circuit Court and received a five-year suspended sentence, court records showed.

At the time of the shooting, Williams was free on $2,500 bail for an Oct. 31 arrest on charges of drug distribution, handgun violations and assaulting a police officer.

During the October 1993 incident, an officer allegedly was punched in the neck and chest as he arrested Williams on suspicion of selling cocaine in the 2900 block of W. Lanvale St., police said.

At the time, Williams was armed with a .38-caliber revolver, police said.

The majority of the charges against him were dropped, although he was found guilty of possession of cocaine and received a two-year suspended sentence, court records showed.

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