Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 28, 2004

Gunman threatens cabdriver; Annapolis teenager charged

An Annapolis teenager has been charged with first-degree assault and other counts after a gun was held to a taxi driver's head and he was threatened Friday, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

About 9:45 p.m, four passengers were in a cab when of them pulled out a gun and threatened the driver, police said.

A struggle ensued between the gunman the taxi driver, whom police have not identified. The vehicle veered off of Route 97 and struck a guardrail near Route 32.

The four passengers left the cab and walked north on Route 97. They were apprehended by police a short time later, authorities said.

Brandon Randall, 17, of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive was charged as an adult and was being held yesterday at the county detention center in lieu of $75,000 bail.

No one was injured in the crash.

Annapolis man charged after assault on wife

An Annapolis man who was wanted by city police on charges of telephone harassment and domestic assault was apprehended Saturday after his wife was struck in the face during an argument at their home.

James Parkinson, 37, of the 1200 block of Van Buren Drive, was arrested and charged with assault about 10:45 p.m, police said.

Parkinson was also served with outstanding warrants charging him with making repeated telephone calls to his wife's place of employment and with assaulting her on a previous occasion.

Police said yesterday that they were not sure why he hadn't been arrested on the earlier charges until Saturday. It was also unclear whether Parkinson had been living at the home at the time.

The most recent assault occurred when Parkinson's wife returned to her house Christmas night to find her husband drinking with a group of men, said Officer Hal Dalton, a city police spokesman.

When she objected to the men's presence, she was struck and a struggle ensued, Dalton said. The woman, whom police did not identify, tried to call 911 using her home phone but was overpowered and forced to the ground, Dalton said.

Parkinson's wife used her cell phone to call police, and Parkinson fled, police said.

Police found him about an hour later hiding in a shed on their property. He was being held yesterday at the county detention center in lieu of $285,000 bail.

Police searching for man wanted in armed robbery

Anne Arundel County police are searching for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint Friday outside a home in Crofton.

About 8:30 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was confronted by a man as she stood in front of her house in the 2000 block of Pawlet Drive, police said. The robber pointed a gun at her and demanded money; the victim turned over her purse.

The armed robbery was the third in the community in the past two weeks, according to police.

On the evening of Dec. 15, a gunman robbed a teenager in her home on Friendly Place. About 10 minutes later, an armed man held up a group of young men as they walked on Eastham Court.

No suspects have been identified in any of the incidents, police said.

Car struck six times by gunshots; no one hurt

Annapolis police are looking for the person who shot at a car on Croll Drive Thursday night.

The incident began about 8:10 p.m. when the victim, who has not been identified, dropped off an employee in the 200 block of Croll Drive, police said.

As he left the neighborhood in his vehicle, someone opened fire on the car, striking it six times, police said. Police found spent shell casings on the street nearby.

No one was injured.

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