5 charged in home attack man, 37, seriously injured

Stolen car led police to suspects in Severn case

November 21, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

Four people lurking inside the front hallway of a Severn home Thursday night beat the homeowner as he came in from work, bound and gagged him and stole his brother's car, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Daniel Liptak, 37, of the 1500 block of King Philip Circle was listed in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night with a collapsed lung and a stab wound.

Police arrested Jeffrey Joseph Dorsey and Scott William Pessagno, both 18, James Thomas Ross, 17, and a 14-year-old boy, all of Glen Burnie; and Steven Curtis Jones, 20, of Ruther Glen, Va., yesterday. They charged all five with armed robbery, robbery, burglary, assault and theft over $300. Ross was charged as an adult.

The 14-year-old, who is not identified because he was charged as a juvenile, was released to his parents. The other four were being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center pending bail hearings.

Police said they think one of the five kept watch outside the home.

Sgt. Earl Fowlkes, in charge of the robbery squad, said police are not ruling out the possibility that Liptak has a connection to his assailants. Fowlkes said Liptak told an officer at the scene that his assailants were teen-agers and that he recognized one of them.

Liptak was assaulted as he walked in his front door about 5 p.m., police said. He was stabbed once in the buttocks, beaten on the face and chest, tied with electrical cord and gagged with duct tape. police spokeswoman Carol Frye said.

The assailants stole Liptak's credit cards and automated teller machine card, and drove off in his brother's gray 1991 Toyota Corolla, Frye said.

Liptak removed enough of the tape to call for help through an open sliding glass door, Frye said. A neighbor heard him and called police. Officer William Daughters arrived within moments, untied Liptak and sent out an alert for the missing car.

Officer Frank Spadaro spotted the car early yesterday on New Cut Road near Interstate 97 and pulled it over. Police took the four occupants into custody, arresting Dorsey, Pessagno and Ross but releasing a fourth occupant after interviews suggested he had nothing to do with the crime, Fowlkes said.

The teens led police to the Hill Motel in the 500 block of Veterans Highway in Millersville, where they arrested Jones, the 14-year-old and a 16-year-old. The 16-year-old was charged with possession of drugs and intent to distribute them but was not charged in the robbery.

Pub Date: 11/21/98

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