Teens charged in home invasion

Two boys, ages 17, 16, implicated in robbery in Baltimore County

December 30, 2005|By NICK SHIELDS | NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER

Two teenagers have been arrested and charged on several counts stemming from a home invasion in Woodlawn on Monday, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

An investigation into a second home invasion in Woodlawn on Tuesday, in which a woman was raped, led police to Jay Kevin Phillips, 16, of the 3100 block of Thornfield Road in Woodlawn and Karl Blair Bridgewater, 17, of the 1600 block of Ingleside Ave. near Edmondson Heights. The two have been charged as adults with armed robbery, first-degree burglary, grand theft and first-degree assault, police said.

The suspects were being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail, pending a bail review.

Police said they have not linked Phillips and Bridgewater to the Tuesday invasion, and declined to say how the investigation of the Tuesday incident led to charging the teens in Monday's crime.

About 11 p.m. Monday, two women knocked on the door of an apartment in the 2000 block of Richglen Drive in Woodlawn and asked to use the phone, police said. After a man answered the door, several people entered and assaulted the inhabitants, police said. At least one intruder was armed, police said. Electronic equipment was among the items that were taken, police said.

In the Tuesday incident, at least five people wearing masks or bandannas entered an apartment in the 2000 block of Summit Ave. in Woodlawn about 11:15 p.m., police said. A 24-year-old woman was raped and electronic items were stolen.

Police said they are searching for a stolen red, four-door Ford Focus with Maryland license tag 1ARM34.

"It seems to be coming more and more prevalent that we're seeing this kind of crime," said Michael Hill, spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department. "It appears that as [juveniles] go along in these kinds of crimes, they seem to be getting more violent."

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

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