Prostitution sting operation nabs 7 on Ritchie Highway

July 23, 1996

County police arrested two Glen Burnie men and five others Friday and Saturday night during a sting operation set up to combat prostitution along Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.

The men, identified as Theodore M. Wold, 40, of the 200 block of Plymouth Lane, and James E. Little, 39, of the 400 block of Fontana Court, both of Glen Burnie; Warren A. Harthausen Sr., 51, of the 500 block of Pontiac Ave.; Stanley N. Joyner-Bey, 42, of the 5300 block of Hamlin Ave.; John M. Kraft, 49, of the 600 block of Reisterstown Road, and Melvin J. Topa Jr., 47, of the 2300 block of Silver Lane, all of Baltimore, and Henry L. Washington, 33, of the 300 block of L. St. S.E., Washington, were charged with solicitation for prostitution.

The operation was part of a continuing effort to end the prostitution that neighbors have so long complained of along Ritchie Highway.

Officer Mary Kolhepp stood at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Tungston Street Friday and Saturday evenings, waiting for men to solicit her, police said. When men drove up and offered to pay her for sex, she told them to drive around the corner where they were arrested, police said.

Man robbed at gunpoint of cellular phone, cash

A Brooklyn Park man was robbed at gunpoint of his cellular phone and money Sunday by two men who approached him as he sat outside a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the 5600 block of Ritchie Highway, county police said.

John James Rigney, 37, told police he was sitting in front of the shop shortly before 1 a.m. when two men, one armed with a .380-caliber handgun, ordered him to the side of the building.

The men took Rigney's car keys and threw them away, took his cellular phone and an undisclosed amount of money then ran toward Church Street, police said.

Police did not have a detailed description of the bandits, but they are looking for the driver of a red Honda Civic with license tag number DHW-416 who was nearby at the time of the robbery. Police believe the driver may have witnessed the robbery or been an accomplice.

Brooklyn Park man charged with assault on officer

County police arrested a Brooklyn Park man Friday on charges of trying to steal an undercover police officer's car and attacking the officer with a broken bottle.

Michael P. Miller, 18, of the 100 block of 11th Ave. was charged with armed carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault.

Officer Lee Whitlow was working undercover on 11th Avenue about 9: 30 p.m. when a man approached his car with a broken beer bottle, threatened him, and ordered him out.

Whitlow stepped out of the car, identified himself as a police officer and arrested the man, police said.

Pub Date: 7/23/96

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