Battery, drug charges lodged in arrest at mall

March 21, 1995

A shoplifting suspect attacked two county police officers Saturday evening who tried to search his fanny pack, officials said.

The officers found 25 bags of a substance that tested positive for marijuana and a pack of marijuana seeds in the pack, police said.

Officers Stephen Brown and Michael Richardson were called to Harundale Mall shortly after 6 p.m. to investigate a complaint of shoplifting at a Value City store. David Maggersupp, 28, a security officer at the store, pointed out a man he believed stole something from the store, police said.

When the officers stopped the man, he tried to run. They wrestled him to the ground and he struck both officers and Mr. Maggersupp, police said.

In addition to the marijuana, police also found a small, finger scale in the suspect's wallet and an $8 belt from Value City, police said.

John Justin Thomas, 19, of the 800 block of Lazy Lane in Lusby in Calvert County, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor theft and battery, police said.

Boy beaten and robbed

A 14-year-old Glen Burnie boy was beaten and he and four friends were robbed Sunday afternoon by their opponents in a pickup basketball game on the playground of the Corkran Middle School, county police said yesterday.

The youths went home after the incident and didn't report it to police until 7:30 p.m., about 90 minutes after it occurred.

They told police that the robbers demanded Starter jackets and gold chains from them when the game on the playground in the 7600 block of Quarterfield Road ended, police said.

The youths gave their jackets and chains to their opponents, all of whom are about 18, police said. The muggers then got into a small truck and drove off, but returned a short time later and chased the victims. They caught one 14-year-old boy and beat him, police said. The other four victims were 13, 14, 15 and 17.

All the boys live in Glen Burnie, police said.

Man sprayed with mace, robbed

Two men used pepper mace Sunday evening to rob a Pikesville man of his wallet containing $285 while he was standing in a parking lot in the 200 block of Crain Highway, county police said.

Saeed Masoodi, 32, was not seriously injured from the spraying. He was in a parking lot in the 200 block of Crain Highway shortly before 7:30 p.m. when he asked two men for directions, police said.

One of the men grabbed him and the other sprayed him in the face with the mace. The two took Mr. Masoodi's wallet and drove off in a blue or silver car, police said.

Both assailants are white males. One is in his 50s and about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He has dark hair and was wearing dark pants, a white shirt and a dark tie. The second is about 25 years old and 6 feet 1 inch tall. He has a medium build and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt, police said.

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