10 face charges in teen fight Incident in October said to be motivated by racial differences

November 22, 1996|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Howard County police say they will charge 10 Columbia teen-agers with assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a raucous fight outside Wilde Lake Village Center in mid-October.

Eight are students at Wilde Lake High School, and one teen-ager is an Oakland Mills High School student, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman. The other teen-ager does not attend school, he said.

Two of the 10 suspects -- ranging in age from 15 to 18 -- will be charged as adults, Keller said.

Four will be charged with robbery, a felony, Keller said. All 10 will be charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct, he said.

One of the Wilde Lake students, identified by police as Rolando R. Thompson, 18, of Columbia's Harper's Choice village, has been charged with four counts of robbery and two counts of assault, police reports said.

Police said Thompson was seen going through the pockets of two juvenile Wilde Lake High students during the fight, charging documents state.

"This started out as a fight and quickly turned into an opportunity for the kids to steal the others' money," Keller said.

The Wilde Lake village fight between a group of white males and a group of black males -- which had racial undertones -- set in motion a flurry of meetings among police, community leaders, school administrators, parents and Wilde Lake High students to talk about cultural diversity.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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