Youths throw rocks at man in wheelchair

March 13, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Three youths threw rocks at a man in a wheelchair Monday as he rolled onto the parking lot of Stoney Hill apartments in Odenton, county police said.

Michael Prather, 40, told police he was crossing Odenton Road about 6: 45 p.m. on his way home when a rock hit the curb he was approaching.

Prather said he looked around but did not see anything. He continued toward his apartment on Stoney Hill Court, and as he crossed the parking lot, more rocks came "shooting all across the parking lot," Prather said.

Some rocks damaged cars, but none hit Prather, but he said that he thought he might have been a target, police said.

Prather's father, Calvin Prather, who also lives in the complex for senior citizens and disabled people, was on the lot helping a neighbor with her car when he saw three youths standing in trees near the parking lot, throwing rocks at his son.

Michael Prather said rocks had been thrown at him at least twice last summer, but he did not call the police. Once, while wheeling down Odenton Road with neighbor Teresa Dorsey, who also uses a wheelchair, a rock struck a road sign inches from his head, he said.

"It makes you angry because these are big rocks," the younger Prather said. "I think they do it to scare you. I'm not afraid to go anywhere."

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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