Carroll County Digest


October 01, 2002

Police arrest 2 men in Owings Mills after Carroll bank holdup

Two Baltimore men were arrested yesterday after a bank robbery in Finksburg that ended with a foot chase into Owings Mills Mall, state police said.

About 10 a.m., a man gave a note implying that he had a gun to a teller at Westminster Union Bank at Route 140 and Emory Road in Carroll County, said Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a state police spokesman. The man fled with an undetermined amount of money to a waiting vehicle, and witnesses provided police with a description and partial license plate number.

A brief chase began when a Baltimore County police officer southbound on Interstate 795 near Franklin Boulevard saw the car and tried to stop it at Owings Mills Boulevard, Rouse said. The driver headed into the mall parking lot, where he lost control of the car and sideswiped a county police car, causing minor damage.

Both men ran from the car, Rouse said. One was arrested immediately, while the other ran into a department store and was caught after a brief chase. The incident lasted about 15 minutes, he said. No gun was found.

Samuel Coles Jr., 21, of the 6500 block of Park Heights Ave. and Eugene Walden, 33, of the 200 block of Beal Court were charged with armed robbery, robbery, two counts of felony theft, second-degree assault and multiple counts of conspiracy, he said. They were awaiting an appearance before a District Court commissioner.

6 teens arrested imitating stunts from MTV show

Six teen-agers were charged as juveniles with trespassing and destruction of property after the boys told investigators that they had jumped from an 18-foot fence at a community center in Union Bridge into a pile of mulch to emulate a stunt from the television show Jackass, authorities said yesterday.

Some of the boys, who were ages 15 and 16, also jumped from the roof of Union Bridge Town Hall into the surrounding shrubbery and hurled themselves into small pine trees nearby, said a county Sheriff's Department spokesman. Investigators seized a video camera used to record the stunts.

The six were released to the custody of their parents while awaiting action by the state Department of Juvenile Justice, authorities said.

Jackass, an MTV show panned by television critics and political commentators, features a young cast performing dangerous stunts. It was moved in January last year to a later time slot after a young Connecticut teen was injured after reportedly imitating what had been billed as the "human barbecue stunt."

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