Police are searching for accomplice in the shooting of Harper's Choice teen One suspect has turned himself in

September 29, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Howard County police were seeking an accomplice in last week's robbery and shooting of a teen-ager on a Harper's Choice footpath yesterday, two days after one suspect in the case turned himself in.

Police were trying to quell fears of violence in the normally quiet village, the scene of that shooting Sept. 20 and another just over 24 hours later, both within blocks of the village center.

Authorities have scheduled a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Swansfield Neighborhood Center on Cedar Lane to discuss residents' concerns.

Connection not ruled out

Police would not speculate on a possible connection between the shootings.

"Right now, we haven't ruled out whether they are or are not related," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a police department spokesman. "We are continuing our investigation."

The Sept. 20 shooting occurred about 12: 30 a.m. when two men, one of them wielding a silver handgun, robbed and wounded 17-year-old Raymond Thatcher Lawson near Harpers Farm Road.

The men ordered the Harper's Choice teen-ager to the ground, rummaged through his pockets and took about $100, police said.

As the robbers walked away, the teen tried to stand up and the gunman shot him, police said.

Raymond was treated for a stomach wound at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released Sunday.

Carroll would not say whether police believe Raymond was targeted by the robbers.

"Whether it was random or he was a target, that is still being determined," Carroll said.

Maurice Green, 21, of the 400 block of Poplar Grove St. in Baltimore has been charged in connection with the shooting. He faces several felony counts, including attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Green turned himself in Saturday to Baltimore police after a relative saw his photograph on a local television newscast Friday night, police said. He was being held without bail yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center.

The victim's mother, Beverly Moals, said she was relieved that police had made an arrest.

Raymond "was just riding his bike, going to a party up the street," said Moals, who lives in the Rideout Heath complex in Harper's Choice. "I'm just glad he's going to be OK."

A day after Raymond was shot, detectives questioned several residents and learned that a man driving a cream-colored car with tinted windows was allegedly responsible for several robberies in the area, police said.

Two days later, working from a police report describing suspicious people in the area, detectives identified a possible robber based on the description of the car, police said. On Thursday, Raymond identified a man in a photo lineup as the gunman.

Second shooting case

Detectives also arrested a suspect in the second shooting, which occurred about 1: 50 a.m. Sept. 21 outside the Fall River Terrace apartment complex on Harpers Farm Road. Robert Joseph Manning, 18, of Columbia, was charged with several felonies, including attempted first-degree murder.

John Gordon Jackson, 38, of Harper's Choice was shot in the chest and arm; he was listed in serious condition yesterday evening at Shock Trauma.

An arrest warrant was initially issued for Roberto Joseph Brathwaite, 18, of Ellicott City in that case, but it was rescinded. Police said confusion arose because Brathwaite and Manning share the nickname "Black" and have similar features.

Brathwaite, who police say is wanted on unrelated burglary charges, showed up yesterday the Howard Southern District station for questioning.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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