Crime Watch


July 12, 2006

Drug counts await escapee, police say

Howard County police say they have drug charges ready to serve against Joaquin Deshaun Leycock, but they have been unable to find the Columbia man who had been hospitalized before he slipped out of Howard County General on Sunday.

"He was very sick when he left the hospital and is in danger because of the severity of his injuries," police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said yesterday. Llewellyn would not provide details about the injuries.

Police stopped Leycock, 29, for speeding on Snowden River Parkway on Wednesday night, and noticed what appeared to be cocaine in his car. Leycock tried to flee but fell into a 15-foot-deep sediment pond. He was rescued by an officer who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Hospital security discovered Leycock was missing about 2 p.m. Sunday, said Mary Patton, a hospital spokeswoman. He was not under supervision that day, she said. County police released information about the incident yesterday afternoon.

Charges had not been served because doctors had advised that Leycock remain in the hospital for a significant period of time, Llewellyn said.

Jorge Valencia

Man, 24, charged in shooting

Police who arrested a 24-year-old man on charges that he stole a scooter at gunpoint said yesterday that the suspect was wanted in connection with the shooting of his brother's girlfriend in Northwest Baltimore last month.

Mike G. Foster of the 3900 block of Ridgewood Ave. was arrested Sunday in the 5100 block of Reisterstown Road by members of the Police Department's "special enforcement team," who spotted the suspect on the stolen scooter in the block where he lives.

Foster had been sought in a warrant charging him with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the June 10 shooting of a woman in the 4200 block of Pimlico Road, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Moses said police allege that Foster gave a gun to his brother, who in turn shot his girlfriend while playing a game of Russian roulette. The brother, Dennis McFadden, 24, also has been charged with attempted murder. Police said the man first put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, but nothing happened.

The police spokesman said that when the man put the gun to the woman's head and pulled the trigger, she was shot in the face. She survived.

Gus G. Sentementes

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