Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 29, 2004

Identity sought of man found dead in Lothian

Anne Arundel County police are trying to identify a body found yesterday in a wooded area in Lothian.

Two hunters found the body of a black male at about 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of Upper Pindell Road. County detectives believe the victim, in his late teens or early 20s, died of upper body trauma and likely had been dead for several days. The death has been ruled a homicide. An autopsy is pending.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-3566.

Man charged in stabbing of ex-girlfriend in Pasadena

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in a Pasadena shopping center parking lot Tuesday has been arrested.

Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Robinette of no fixed address was arrested in Woodlawn Tuesday and charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

Police say Robinette's ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Brandy Gawel of Pasadena, was driving in the parking lot of the Festival at Pasadena Shopping Center off Ritchie Highway when Robinette approached her driver's side window.

Police said that, after a heated exchange, Gawel was stabbed through the open window on the left side of her chest and stomach. She ran from the vehicle to get help, while the assailant fled.

Gawel was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she is in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

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