Police seeking 2 male teens for stealing city squad car Auto taken when officers were arresting man, 20

April 14, 1997|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police are looking for two juveniles who stole a squad car containing a shotgun Saturday night in the 1100 block of Woodington Road while officers were making an arrest, police said.

The car was recovered with the shotgun untouched in the 3800 block of Flowerton Road yesterday morning, police said.

Officer Eric Johnson of the Southwest District arrived at Woodington and Rokeby roads at 11: 45 p.m. Saturday, responding to a call about a group of juveniles with guns who were fighting, said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman. When Johnson arrived, about 20 people were gathered, including a 20-year-old Baltimore man who pointed what appeared to be a silver-plated gun at Johnson, Cooper said.

Johnson crouched in his car and called for help, Cooper said. She said that when Officer Bruce Tucker arrived, he and Johnson approached the man, who turned to walk away, yelling obscenities and waving his weapon. The man later pointed his weapon at the officers, and they ordered him to drop it, Cooper said.

When the man dropped his weapon, the officers arrested him and found that it was a plastic toy gun, Cooper said.

Troy Gladney, 20, of the 700 block of Woodington Road was charged with first- and second-degree assault on police, wearing and carrying a handgun, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and intoxication, Cooper said. He was being held in Central Booking yesterday.

While the officers were making the arrest, two male teen-agers jumped into Johnson's car, a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria, and drove away, Cooper said. She said Johnson ran after the car, but the youths escaped. Officers searched the area and notified Baltimore, Baltimore County and state police units to look out for the vehicle, Cooper said.

The car was recovered at 7: 14 a.m. yesterday after police received a call about an unoccupied police vehicle in the 3800 block of Flowerton Road, Cooper said. Police are investigating the incident and are looking for a 6-foot-3-inch, male teen-ager with bushy hair and a male teen-ager of medium build with curly hair, she said.

"We believe that they're both juveniles," Cooper said.

Pub Date: 4/14/97

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