Police arrest 5 students on gun, robbery charges

January 29, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police arrested five Howard High School students last week on gun and robbery charges, school officials said.

The students -- a 19-year-old, a 15-year-old and three 17-year-olds -- were released into the custody of their parents. In addition to criminal charges, the teens all face expulsion or suspension by school authorities, said Patti Caplan, a spokeswoman for the Howard County school system.

The police investigation began Thursday afternoon, when Howard High officials got an anonymous phone tip about a 17-year-old student with a gun. School administrators found the teen was carrying a .32-caliber handgun, Ms. Caplan said.

Police officers were called to the school in the 8700 block of Old Annapolis Road. During questioning, the boy reportedly told officers he'd had a fight with a 19-year-old.

When school opened Friday about 7:30 a.m., police detained the older boy, interviewed him and received information about several strong-arm robberies in the school's bathrooms.

The 19-year-old and other students implicated three boys in strong-arm robberies, police said.

Police said they arrested:

* Rachard Bogues, 19, of the 8600 block of Honeysuckle Court in Ellicott City, charged with one count of robbery and carrying a pager on school property.

* A 17-year-old Jessup boy, charged with one count of robbery.

* A 17-year-old Columbia boy, charged with one count of robbery.

* A 15-year-old Columbia boy, charged with four counts of robbery, four counts of assault and battery, four counts of theft and one count of making threats.

* A 17-year-old Columbia boy, charged with a handgun violation.

The names of the four younger teen-agers were not released because of their ages.

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