River Hill student charged in burglary, assault

Counts stem from alleged beating of 2 at party

February 24, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A River Hill High School senior recognized as a star athlete and scholar has been charged with burglary and assault in connection with an alleged beating of two youths at a house party this month.

County police said the incident occurred Feb. 13, after several students left a school dance and turned up uninvited at a party in the 10130 block of Cromwell Court in Ellicott City. When they arrived, two 18-year-olds went to the back of the house and entered through a sliding glass door, according to police documents.

Once inside, the two intruders beat two youths with a flashlight -- a 16-year-old who suffered a broken nose and a 17-year-old who had a concussion, police said. Both also had facial bruises, and were treated at Howard County General Hospital.

The homeowners, their 16-year-old daughter and about 10 visitors were at the house when the incident occurred, police said.

Arrested two days later were Stephen Glasgow, 18, of the 800 block of Chapel Woods Court in Clarksville, and Vachira Rermgosakul, 18, of the 11600 block of Log Jump Trail in Ellicott City. They were each charged with third-degree burglary -- a felony -- along with disturbing the peace and two counts of second-degree assault.

Rermgosakul, a former River Hill student, was released on personal recognizance.

Glasgow, vice president of River Hill's honor society, was released on $5,000 unsecured bond. He was the starting quarterback and a defensive back for River Hill's football team, played for the school's baseball team last year and was a member of the basketball team.

In October, he was one of 349 finalists in Maryland's Distinguished Scholars Program, a state-sponsored scholarship competition.

River Hill Principal Scott Pfeifer refused to comment yesterday on Glasgow's status at the school.

Rermgosakul acknowledged yesterday that he had been at the house, and got involved in some pushing after walking in. "I just went there for the party," he said. "I was one of the last people to walk in the door and all of a sudden someone pushed me against a wall."

Glasgow did not return repeated telephone calls yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 2/24/99

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