Youth charged with setting fire to police cruiser

September 17, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old Columbia youth was charged early Saturday with setting a police cruiser on fire last week, Howard County police said yesterday.

The teen, whose name and address were not released because he is a minor, is charged with pouring a flammable liquid on a cruiser in front of the officer's home on Spicewind Court in Owen Brown village, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a Howard County police spokesman.

Unspecified evidence led police to the youth's Owen Brown village home late Friday, and his parents brought him to police hours later, Keller said.

About 4 a.m. Sept. 8, the officer and a neighbor noticed the 1993 Ford Crown Victoria on fire, Keller said. It was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. No one was injured, he said.

The youth is awaiting a hearing at Boys Village in Prince George's County, the spokesman said.

Two men rob Columbia man on bicycle path near home

Two men attacked a Columbia man and robbed him of his wallet as he was walking along a bicycle path near his Owen Brown village home Saturday night, Howard County police said.

David Waid, 52, of the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way was grabbed from behind and threatened with a gun around 10: 30 p.m., police said.

The men were described as black and in their early 20s, police said. One was 6-foot-1 and about 140 pounds and wore dark clothing and a stocking over his head. The other was described as being about 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds, with a flat-top haircut, mustache and white tennis shoes.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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