Teen-ager gets 18-year term in carjacking, robberyA...

November 14, 1996

Teen-ager gets 18-year term in carjacking, robbery

A 17-year-old Jessup youth was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison for a carjacking in which a Sears employee and her car were forcibly taken across county lines to withdraw money from an automated teller machine.

Howard Circuit Judge James B. Dudley sentenced Daniel G. Falcone Nov. 7 for carjacking and armed robbery. Dudley also placed Falcone, of the 8300 block of Ashwood Road, on five years of supervised probation after he is released.

Falcone, who was arrested in the main office of Howard High School, pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 25.

Police say Falcone approached Ann Battaglia, 63, May 4 in the parking lot of The Mall in Columbia as she walked to her car after work. Falcone told her he had a gun, forced her into the passenger seat of her Lincoln Continental and drove the car to Prince George's County.

There, he made her withdraw $200 from a bank machine.

Falcone later dropped Battaglia off at a convenience store outside Washington. She was not harmed. Police recovered Battaglia's car in Baltimore County.

Battaglia has sued the Rouse Co. and The Mall in Columbia over the incident, alleging that poor mall security led to her abduction.

A trial date in that lawsuit is not set.

Police log

Town Center: 10200 block of Wincopin Circle: A black 1990 Mercedes with Virginia tags was reported stolen yesterday. The license number was not known.

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