APG soldier charged in carjack, assault

CRIME WATCH

July 05, 2006|By MATTHEW HAY BROWN

An Edgewood man was seriously injured late Monday when he tried to stop a carjacker from stealing his car with his 5-year-old son inside, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said. A soldier from Aberdeen Proving Ground has been charged in the case.

Thomas Maurice Head, 30, was listed in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said. His right leg was nearly amputated after he grabbed onto the side of his 2004 Ford Explorer as the carjacker drove it away, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said.

Brandon Lee Taylor, 18, a private-in-training with the 143rd Ordnance Battalion, was charged yesterday with first- and third-degree assault, carjacking, theft of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and multiple motor vehicle violations, the sheriff's spokesman said. He was being held at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Head had left his son, Nishawan, in his car in front of the Shell Mart on the 1700 block of Hanson Road in Edgewood about 10:30 p.m. Monday when he saw a man attempting to drive away in the vehicle, the sheriff's spokesman said.

Head grabbed onto the car, then the carjacker struck a curb and a utility pole on Hanson Road.

The carjacker fled the car and ran to the Windsor Valley housing development. Taylor was arrested there a short time later.

Head was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and then taken by state police MedEvac helicopter to Shock Trauma, the spokesman said. His son was not injured in the incident.

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