Two men charged in carjacking

Columbia woman's SUV was stolen as she and her daughter left supermarket

January 22, 2003|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

Two men are being held without bail in the carjacking of a sport utility vehicle at Harper's Choice Shopping Center on Monday night.

Walter A. Torres, 22, of the 5200 block of Brookway in Columbia and Henry A. Maroquin, 19, of the 900 block of Park Ave. in Laurel were charged with 16 crimes, including armed carjacking, armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 21.

Two men approached the victims, a 47-year-old Columbia woman and her 10-year-old daughter, about 9:30 p.m. after they shopped at the Safeway supermarket on the 5400 block of Harper's Farm Road, said Sherry Llewellyn, Howard County police spokeswoman.

One man, armed with a knife, pushed the woman and her child into the back seat of the victim's 1998 Mercedes SUV and demanded the keys, Llewellyn said. While one of the robbers tried to start the car, the woman noticed that the rear door was unlocked and got out with her daughter. Neither was injured, Llewellyn said.

The two robbers left in the SUV. Howard County police officers spotted the vehicle on Route 32 and pursued it to Interstate 95 just south of Interstate 895 in Baltimore County, Llewellyn said. State police offered air support, and police dog units assisted.

The two men were arrested without incident, Llewellyn said. Officers found the knife in the SUV when the men got out, according to charging documents.

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