Six more teens charged in attack on ex-classmate

Off-campus beating started with incident at school, police say

Arrested at Mount Hebron

Ellicott City

April 06, 2001|By Lisa Goldberg and Tanika White | Lisa Goldberg and Tanika White,SUN STAFF

Six Mount Hebron High School students were arrested at school yesterday and accused of participating in a beating that sent a former student to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

The arrest of the six teen-age boys from Ellicott City brings to eight the number of youths arrested after the Wednesday attack on 18-year-old Sean Heidari of Ellicott City. Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said police do not expect to make more arrests.

Heidari, who was briefly hospitalized with cuts and bruises and a small puncture wound in the back of his head, has been discharged from the hospital, according to a spokeswoman.

School Superintendent John R. O'Rourke called the incident "appalling."

"We are very concerned about this," he said.

Police said the attack occurred off school grounds but may have been sparked by an incident on the Mount Hebron High parking lot. Witnesses said Heidari, who withdrew from Mount Hebron last month, had picked up students at the school and sped through the parking lot, driving "very close" to a group of students, according to police.

The students got into their cars and followed Heidari, police said.

Heidari stopped at Tarpley Court and Wetherburn Road, dropped off a student and got out of his car, police said. There, police said, a group of students attacked him.

Although the attack did not happen on school grounds, O'Rourke said there is still "a heightened sense of security at Mount Hebron" because of it.

He said that staff members are being encouraged to talk more with students to determine if "there is anything special behind this because, if there is, we want to be able to address it."

Arrested yesterday and charged as adults on first- and second-degree assault charges were: Christopher Bosstick, 16, of the 10300 block of Waverly Woods Drive; Maurice Workman, 15, of the 4800 block of Ellicott Woods Lane; Jason Logsdon, 18, of the 2800 block of County Lane; Travis Hook, 17, of the 10300 block of Pinehurst Court; Kweisi Wright, 16, of the 3300 block of N. Chatham Road; and John Brill, 16, of the 2600 block of Melba Road.

Kevin Faulknor, 18, of Woodstock, and Darin Stough, 17, were arrested and charged Wednesday.

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