Trick-or-treating children assaulted, robbed of their candy

November 02, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

Besides trick-or-treaters, Halloween brought out hoodlums in Anne Arundel County Monday night, as at least five children reported they were either assaulted or robbed by teen-agers bent on getting their candy, county police said yesterday.

A 12-year-old Pasadena boy was stabbed in the hand and a 15-year-old Severn youth received cuts from a beating in the most serious incidents, but neither boy required hospitalization, police said.

The Pasadena youth was trick-or-treating with friends in the 7700 block of William St. about 7:30 p.m. when a group of about 15 older teen-agers surrounded them. In the ensuing struggle for the trick-or-treat candy, the victim was stabbed in the hand with what may have been a pocket knife, police said.

A woman who lives in the block called police and reported the incident.

The Severn boy was walking on Falcon Court about 6:30 p.m. when three older youths attacked him and took his candy, breaking his glasses and leaving him with cuts and bruises. A witness to the attack flagged down a Western District officer patrolling the Spring Meadows community and alerted him to the incident.

In addition to assaults and robberies, Officer Randy Bell said police recorded 157 acts of destruction of property and disorderly conduct from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday and Monday. The figure is more than double the 62 incidents reported for the same period the previous Sunday and Monday nights.

"Most of the incidents are Halloween-related," the police spokesman said.

In the other incidents:

* A 15-year-old Severn girl told police that she was trick-or-treating on Elmhurst Road near Maple Leaf Drive shortly before 9 p.m. when a truck pulled up beside her and a man in the passenger seat reached out and grabbed her bag of candy. The driver of the truck hit the accelerator, pulling the girl slightly along before she released the bag. The girl told police she could hear the man laughing as he drove off.

* A 12-year-old Millersville girl told an Eastern District officer that three boys, dressed as Dracula, a clown and a woman, came out of the woods at Chalet and Ahearn drives about 7 p.m., grabbed her, kneed and punched her in the ribs as they tried to steal her candy. They ran away empty-handed, however, and the girl received only minor injuries, police said.

* A 14-year-old Pasadena boy lost his glasses when a group of older teen-agers grabbed his candy bag as he walked on Mansion House Crossing about 9:30 p.m. The boy's glasses -- worth $150 -- were in the bag, police said.

Lt. Larry Hartman, the commander of the community relations division of the Police Department, said the best defense youngsters have against such incidents is to have an adult accompany them. All the victims were in "your age group that usually isn't supervised," Lieutenant Hartman said.

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