Police rescind arrest warrant in Harper's Choice shooting Ellicott City man sought for questioning

September 23, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Howard County police rescinded an arrest warrant for Roberto Joseph Brathwaite yesterday, saying they now seek him for details about a shooting early Monday in Harper's Choice village.

"We have decided that we would rather have him come in and talk to us," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a police spokesman. "We think he could have important information."

Police had suspected Brathwaite, 18, in the shooting of John Gordon Jackson, 38, at 1: 50 a.m. near Harpers Farm Road. The warrant had charged him with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Officials said they did not know of a motive in the shooting, although they did not rule out that it was drug-related.

Jackson -- who remains in stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center -- was one of two Columbia residents shot during the weekend. A 17-year-old boy was shot Sunday at 1: 06 a.m. on a footbridge that crosses Harpers Farm Road. Officials know of no motive in that case, Carroll said.

Harper's Choice residents have complained in recent months about loitering, burglary and other petty crimes, prompting officers to increase patrols in the area.

Police said they could reissue a warrant for Brathwaite, an Ellicott City resident.

"We just want to talk to him," Carroll said.

Pub Date: 9/23/98

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