Pasadena pair beaten during truck robbery

September 14, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena couple was pulled from the man's truck and beaten in Freetown Village on Thursday by a group of men who stole the truck, county police said.

The assailants apparently drove the 1985 Ford Bronco through a wrought-iron fence about a block away and left it, police said.

About 8: 30 a.m., Officer Beth Pusloskie was checking a fence that had been knocked down on Levy Court near Willie Johnson Lane and found a license tag nearby. When she checked the tag, she found it belonged to a truck registered to Walter Conrad, 32, of Pasadena and went to his house to ask about the broken fence.

Conrad, who had bruises on his stomach, back and arms, told Pusloskie that he and a woman from Green Haven had been on Levy Court about 12: 30 a.m. when a man approached the passenger side of his truck and began arguing with the woman, who police did not identify.

Moments later, five to eight men approached the driver's side of the truck, opened the door and yanked the man out, Conrad told police. They took his keys and began beating and kicking him, police said. The woman also was beaten, he said. Pusloskie learned later that the woman had called police to report the incident and another officer had driven her home.

Conrad escaped his attackers and ran home. He returned with his brother later with a spare set of keys for his truck, and found it parked a block away on Willie Johnson Lane, police said. The bumper was dented and the sides scratched, police said.

Conrad was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.

A Glen Burnie man was slashed with a box cutter Thursday when he refused to give money to men trying to rob him, police said.

David Noonan, 53, the victim, was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.

Noonan told police he was standing in front of Dietrich's Tavern in the 7300 block of Furnace Branch Road when three men approached him and demanded money. When Noonan refused, one of them pulled out a box cutter and cut him, police said.

County police arrested five Baltimore residents overnight Thursday during a drug sweep in Brooklyn Park.

Patricia L. Ritter, 42, and Glenn L. Soika, 43, both of the 5500 block of Park Ave., were charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs after an officer stopped a car for having a tail light out and found 107 tablets of Percocet, a prescription painkiller.

The officer saw a car behind Ollie's at Ritchie Highway and 11th Avenue after the store was closed, and stopped it. The driver allowed the officer to search the car and he found the pills, police said.

John N. Somensky, 22, of the 900 block of 1st St. and Bernard J. Kreitzer, 23, of the 200 block of Townsend Ave. were each charged with possession of marijuana.

Police said they stopped two men acting suspiciously as they walked around a McDonald's at Ritchie Highway and 11th Avenue. The men allowed officers to search them, and marijuana was found on both of them, police said.

In another incident, police charged Edward F. Johnson, 21, of the 600 block of Wood St. in Baltimore with possession of a concealed deadly weapon.

Officers stopped a car for a tinted-window violation and saw three cans of mace, a club and what appeared to be drugs in plain view in the car. When police searched the car, they found a knife and arrested the driver.

Police Log:

Pasadena: A stereo worth $350 was reported stolen Thursday from a home in the 300 block of Edgewater Road.

Pasadena: A diamond solitaire ring worth $5,500 was reported stolen Thursday from a home in the 1200 block of Castine Court.

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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