Shopping center brawl leads to charges of assault

July 25, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

A Laurel man and a Laurel teen-ager were arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder early yesterday morning after a brawl that began in one Ellicott City shopping center and ended in another about 90 minutes later.

Bonnie Spruill, 26, of the 15600 block of Dorset Road, and Malcolm Calahan, 16, of the 15600 block of Mews Court, face charges of use of a handgun in a felony, reckless endangerment, carrying a handgun and two counts of assault and battery, in addition to the charge of assault with intent to murder.

Spruill and Calahan -- who was charged as an adult -- were being held on $250,000 bond in the Howard County Detention Center yesterday.

Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman, said the incident began about 1 a.m. yesterday at the Watermont Shopping Center in the 4800 block of Montgomery Road, when two people joined a fight between Jason Cugle of Ellicott City and an unknown person.

Cugle called police from the center to report the assault, and then went to a residence in the 5100 block of Bonnie Branch Lane with a friend, Katherine Domerchie of Ellicott City.

Police said that Cugle, Domerchie and some friends fled the house when two people who were involved in the fight at the shopping center arrived.

An auto chase ensued, and Calahan is accused of leaning out the front passenger window of the car in which he was riding and firing a shot that hit the sunroof of the car Domerchie was driving, police said.

Domerchie and Cugle continued onto U.S. 40 and found a police officer about 2: 30 a.m. at Normandy Shopping Center, in the 8500 block of U.S. 40. As Domerchie told the officer about the shooting, two people pulled into the parking lot. The officer searched their car and found several .22-caliber bullets, Keller said.

Woman, 91, is robbed of purse, cash

A 91-year-old woman was robbed yesterday morning as she returned home from shopping in Ellicott City, county police said.

A man took the woman's purse and an unknown amount of cash about 9: 30 a.m. as she entered her apartment complex in the 8900 block of Town & Country Blvd., said Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman. The man then drove away in a dark green, newer, four-door Pontiac Grand Am. The woman was not injured.

The man is described as a black male in his late teens, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a muscular build. He was wearing a gray shirt, which he pulled over his face, and black shorts.

Police log

Ellicott City: 8500 block of Harvest View Court: A red 1994 Honda Accord, Maryland tags RAF-239, was stolen between 11: 30 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Elkridge: 6900 block of Magnolia Ave.: A maroon 1996 Honda with no tags was stolen between midnight and 6: 30 a.m.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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