Police charge two teen-agers in two robberies in Columbia

April 25, 1995|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

Two Columbia teen-agers were charged as adults after two armed robberies Friday night in Town Center, Howard County police said.

Dameon Lamas Newman, 17, of the 5400 block of Cedar Lane and Clifford Phillip White, 16, of the 10100 block of Placid Lake Court were being held on $250,000 bail each yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center.

The teen-agers are charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery and a handgun violation, police said. County prosecutors will decide whether to try them as adults or to let their cases be handled by juvenile authorities.

Police said the first Friday night victim was a 16-year-old Elkridge boy robbed by two people at gunpoint about 9 p.m. as he left The Mall in Columbia.

The robbers ran toward Lake Kittamaqundi.

About 15 minutes later, police said, two teen-agers approached four people walking on the path behind the Rouse Co. building in the 10200 block of Little Patuxent Parkway.

Police said one teen-ager drew a gun and demanded cash. The victims gave them $5 and the pair ran, police said.

About 11:30 p.m., a patrol officer saw two males fitting the robbers' descriptions walking from the lakefront area toward a parking garage on Wincopin Circle. The officer stopped the two, frisked them and found a loaded .22-caliber handgun on one youth, police said.

The youths were arrested, driven to Southern District police station in Scaggsville for questioning and charged, police said. Police were investigating a possible connection to the robbery of two men Wednesday night on a Lake Kittamaqundi pier. The victims told officers that eight teen-age males came up, asked them to buy drugs and robbed them when they refused.

No one was injured, police said.

County police and attorneys say juveniles are responsible for an increasing number of serious crimes. Last year, there were 23 percent more juvenile arrests for crimes such as robbery and assault than in the previous year.

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