Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 06, 2004

Pizza deliveryman assaulted, robbed at Laurel apartment

A Domino's Pizza deliveryman was assaulted and robbed Saturday night as he tried to deliver a pizza and soda to a Laurel apartment, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Two men in black ski masks emerged from a basement laundry room and punched and kicked the deliveryman, knocking him to the ground, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a Police Department spokesman. The assailants fled on foot with cash, the victim's car key and the pizza and soda.

The deliveryman knocked on several doors in the building in the 200 block of Jill Lane, after realizing that the apartment number to which he was supposed to deliver did not exist. The assault took place as he was knocking on the door of a basement apartment.

Four businesses cited for selling tobacco to minor

Anne Arundel County police cited four businesses for selling tobacco products to a minor during a sting operation last week in the southern part of the county.

With the help of a 17-year-old volunteer, detectives from the Southern District's vice unit checked the compliance of five businesses with a state law that prohibits the sale of tobacco to people younger than age 18.

Police said clerks at the following businesses sold tobacco products to the 17-year-old boy:

Exxon, 111 Mitchells Chance Road, Edgewater

High's of Baltimore, 116 Central Ave. West, Edgewater

Spirit Mart, 140 Old Solomon's Island Road, Annapolis

Sunoco, 3071 Solomon's Island Road, Edgewater.

Police arrest suspect in taxicab carjacking

A taxicab driver who was carjacked by a passenger early Sunday in Annapolis later helped police apprehend the suspect, authorities said.

According to an Annapolis police account, a passenger turned on his cabdriver after reaching his destination on South Cherry Grove Avenue. The passenger tried to pull the driver out of the cab, then threatened to kill him if he did not leave the vehicle, police said.

After the passenger drove off in the cab, the driver called police. As he waited for police to arrive, he spotted the passenger walking by and caught him after a brief chase. The driver held onto the suspect until police officers arrived. The taxicab was found a few blocks away.

Matthew William Loughnane, 25, of the 700 block of S. Cherry Grove Ave. was charged with carjacking, assault and theft.

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