Edgewood man pulled from car, beaten, robbed

April 06, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

Less than a week after an 18-year-old man was convicted in a gang-related murder, Harford County police said an Edgewood man was pulled from his vehicle and beaten Tuesday night in a suspected gang attack.

Robert Lee Jones III, 24, was attacked about 5:30 p.m. while dropping off his infant son at a residence in the 1600 block of Meadowood Court. Police said they believe the assailants were members of the Bloods gang.

The assault occurred near the location of the 2004 shooting death of a 37-year-old father of nine. Wayne Lavon Bond Jr., who prosecutors said was a Bloods recruit, was found guilty last week of first-degree murder in the killing in Harford County Circuit Court.

"A few individuals unfortunately did not learn their lesson as a result of last week's verdict," Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert B. Thomas said yesterday. "We will seek out and do all we can to bring those individuals to justice. We will track them down."

With his son still in the car, Jones was pulled from the vehicle and punched and kicked by six or seven men, one of whom displayed a knife and attempted to slash his arm, Thomas said. The assailants took money from his pants pocket and ripped an earring from his ear, he said.

When an officer arrived, Jones was holding a T-shirt over his face to stop the bleeding from his nose and left ear. His right eye was swollen and red. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. Police said they do not suspect Jones was involved in gang activity.

Thomas said investigators have gathered information that indicates the attackers could be gang members, including the type of clothing they wore.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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