Eldersburg man arrested after incident at area mall

Retired police officer charged with assault

April 25, 2001|By Jamie Manfuso | Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF

A 62-year-old Eldersburg man was arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly stuck a loaded handgun in the mouth of a 21-year-old man at Carrolltown Center, the county sheriff's office said.

John Edward Korona of the 6500 block of Ridenour Way, a retired police officer, was released yesterday morning on $10,000 bond after he was charged with first- and second-degree assault.

Korona got into an argument with Bradly Nicholas Ross of Woodbine and a 17-year-old male at the mall about 8:50 p.m. Monday, according to court documents.

Korona, who often walked in the Eldersburg mall for exercise, approached the pair as they were going into a restroom that had been closed near the food court, the sheriff's office said. An argument ensued near the restroom, with the men exchanging obscenities, the sheriff's office said.

Followed by Korona, Ross and the teen-ager then walked to the mall's rear entrance. The sheriff's office said Korona told them that Ross pushed a glass door at him as he was walking though the doorway.

Korona is accused of pulling a handgun from his pocket, the sheriff's office said, and shoving the barrel into Ross' mouth.

A deputy at the sheriff's outreach office in the mall arrested Korona after a business owner contacted mall security. Korona was carrying a loaded .22-caliber, double-barreled derringer in a pants pocket when he was arrested, the sheriff's office said.

Korona had a permit to carry the weapon, the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Bradley Cornwall, who made the arrest, noted in his report that the inside of Ross's lip had been cut, according to court documents.

Mall property manager Denise R. Khouri characterized the event as an isolated incident. "This has never happened before on this property," she said.

Korona declined to be interviewed for this article.

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