2 arrested in Owings Mills after carjacking, police chase

October 28, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two juveniles suspected in a carjacking at gunpoint at a Pikesville gas station were arrested last night after a luxury sedan stolen in the incident was pursued by county police, then struck two vehicles.

Baltimore County police said the robbers fled on foot from the stolen car, a 2000 Mercedes-Benz that was heavily damaged. The suspects were found after running through a nearby back yard.

The car was taken from an unidentified motorist filling up at a Shell station in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road, and driven north toward Owings Mills. Pursuit by county officers was called off because of speed amid heavy traffic, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

At Reisterstown and Enchanted Hills roads, the car struck two vehicles, one of them a car that overturned next to a building. Its two occupants, including a pregnant woman, were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with what police said were minor injuries.

At least one of the fleeing carjackers ran through the back yard of a house in the first block of N. Ritters Lane, knocking down a 4-by-8-foot section of Barbara Morrison's fence.

Morrison, a five-year resident of Owings Mills, said she was inside her house cleaning and was unaware of the commotion until she noticed the glare of flashing lights from the nearby accident scene and hearing a knock on her door -- by a police officer.

"He said, `Did you hear any noises in your back yard?' I said no, but they had already caught him by the time he told me about my fence," she said.

Neighbors told Morrison that police caught the second teen-ager about three houses away.

The suspects were being held last night at the Garrison Precinct, police said, adding that a weapon was recovered -- a pellet gun.

Sun staff writer Johnathon E. Briggs contributed to this article.

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