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June 16, 2005

GLEN BURNIE

Anne Arundel police seek man in homicide this week

Anne Arundel County police are searching for a Glen Burnie man in the killing of another man this week.

Nelson Antonio Rivera, 23, of the 7800 block of Americana Circle has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Marco Tulio Nova Romero, 21, of Glen Burnie, police said in a news release.

Police said they took out a warrant for Rivera's arrest after interviewing residents of the Colonial Manor apartment complex, where Romano's body was found about 6:30 a.m. Monday. The body was discovered by a neighbor who was walking his dog in the woods behind the complex. Romero had suffered stab wounds to the upper body, police said.

Anyone with information can call the Homicide Tip Line at 410-923-4543.

--- Annie Linsky

SYKESVILLE

Man found guilty of assault for incident at model home

A 38-year-old Sykesville man faces up to 10 years in prison for assaulting a 44-year-old woman who was working alone showing an Eldersburg model home last year.

A Carroll County Circuit Court jury found Kent Eugene Stover of the 700 block of Conservatory Drive guilty of one count of second-degree assault and acquitted him of a first-degree assault charge in a verdict returned Tuesday night, said Deputy State's Attorney David P. Daggett.

Stover will remain free on bond until sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 21.

The victim was working for the developer of Preakness Homes at a model house in the 700 block of Old Liberty Road on April 25, 2004, when she was attacked with a softball-sized knickknack, according to the police and prosecutor. Although she required three staples in her scalp, the woman remained conscious and screamed to scare the man away, according to state police. Police circulated a sketch and warnings to area real estate agents after the attack.

Stover was arrested after a second woman said the description in the sketch matched a man who had come to another model home where she was working the same day. This incident occurred about a mile away and 15 minutes before the attack on her colleague, according to police and the prosecutor. Then on Oct. 25, the witness saw the same man drive a green sport utility vehicle into the Preakness Homes development - and gave chase in her car with the help of another person, trapping Stover's vehicle, Daggett said.

- Sheridan Lyons

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