Two boys, 11, accused of pushing, spitting on 12-year-old at library

March 27, 2001|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Two 11-year-old Westminster boys face one count each of second-degree assault after they were accused of striking and spitting on a schoolmate behind the Westminster branch of Carroll County Public Library.

The children were charged as juveniles.

Westminster police were notified of the incident at 5:37 p.m. Thursday, shortly after it occurred. A 12-year-old boy, also a Westminster resident, was riding his scooter in front of the library on East Main Street when two boys began chasing him, said Maj. Dean Brewer.

The 12-year-old ran into the library, leaving his scooter behind the building. He was followed inside by one of the boys and ran out the front door, then around the library to get his scooter, Brewer said. The boys caught him behind the building, police said. One restrained him, and the second spit in his face and pushed him into a bush, police said. The 11-year-olds were not taken into custody, police said. The case was forwarded to Carroll County Department of Juvenile Justice, Brewer said.

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