Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 07, 2006

4 sought in Harford home invasion, assault and robbery

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is searching for four men in connection with an armed robbery, assault and home invasion Tuesday afternoon in the Whiteford area.

The men forced their way into the home of Fred Arnold Ledford, 75, about 4:30 p.m., assaulted him with an undisclosed weapon and bound him in the living room, police said. Ledford's mobile home is on an isolated a stretch of Tabernacle Road, near the Pennsylvania line. When his son, Arnold Andrew Ledford, 41, who lives next door, arrived, he was assaulted and bound, police said. Another son resides with the elder Ledford, but he was not home.

The men took weapons, including more than a dozen handguns and rifles and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Several other weapons were left in the home, police said.

"We are still working with the victims to ascertain how many firearms were taken," said Robert B. Thomas Jr., sheriff's department spokesman. "There were a significant number in the home."

After the assailants fled, the son freed himself and called the sheriff's department, police said.

The victims and witnesses who live nearby told police the assailants fled in a silver-colored Acura four-door sedan with Delaware tags and were headed north on Susquehanna Hall Road. The driver was wearing a camouflage hooded sweat shirt.

The father and son were treated for head and face injuries at the scene by emergency personnel from the Darlington Volunteer Fire Co. Both declined to be taken to a hospital.

"There has been no incident like this in recent memory," Thomas said, stressing that the crimes are serious felonies.

Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the robbery. Those with information are encouraged to call 888-540-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Mary Gail Hare

Man gets life term in killing

A man who shot to death a South Baltimore carry-out owner last fall during a dispute over a cheese-steak sandwich was sentenced yesterday to life in prison plus 20 years.

William Langley, 49, of the 2400 block of Pickering Drive in Parkville was convicted by a city jury in June of first-degree murder and using a handgun during the crime. It was his second murder conviction: In 1977, he pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man at a Cherry Hill Recreation Center and served 22 years in prison.

At yesterday's sentencing hearing, a prosecutor read into the court record a letter written by Young Pak, the wife of the slain carryout owner, Nae Chun Pak.

"The emotional impact this has had on my family is overwhelming," she wrote. "There is a great void in our family and our lives without a husband and a father."

Pak, who lived in Clarksville and owned the carryout for six years, left behind twin 16-year-old daughters and a 9-year-old son.

Prosecutors said Langley got into a dispute over a food order with Nae Chun Pak the evening of Oct. 3.

They said Pak refunded Langley's money for the $4.75 cheese-steak and the 25-cent tip he had given. Langley left the store but returned with a gun that evening and shot Pak in the head, prosecutors said.

Julie Bykowicz

Inmate charged in stabbing

A Jessup Correctional Institution inmate serving a 16-year sentence for attempted murder has been charged with attempted murder, assault and possession of a deadly weapon in the stabbing Tuesday of a corrections officer at the facility, authorities said yesterday.

Alvin Reeves, 21, was arrested shortly after the officer, whose name was not disclosed, was stabbed in the upper torso about 6:15 a.m. while several inmates were being led to the cafeteria for breakfast, authorities said.

The officer was treated at a medical facility and released. A homemade weapon believed used in the attack was recovered, and the prison has been in lockdown since the incident.

In a prepared statement, John Rowley, acting commissioner of corrections, said, "This was a random act by an out-of-control inmate."

Richard Irwin

Man indicted in fatal crash

A Howard County grand jury indicted a Columbia man yesterday in an Aug. 5 crash on U.S. 1 in Elkridge that killed the two passengers in the car he was driving.

Charges against Dwayne Shontae Williams, 27, of the 9200 block of Crazy Quilt Court, include two counts of vehicular homicide while "impaired by drugs" and two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol.

County police said yesterday that passenger Quintella Alston, 41, of Reisterstown died from her injuries Friday. The other passenger, Kenmarlo Denise Jackson, 21, of Laurel, died shortly after the crash.

Melissa Harris

Prostitution sting nets 29

Howard County police said 27 men and two women were arrested during an August prostitution sting along the county's U.S. 1 corridor. All but two of the men were charged with soliciting prostitution, and police made one drug-distribution-related arrest. Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said that the monthlong sting, phase two of "Operation Red Light," began Aug. 1 and focused on North Laurel, Jessup and Elkridge. Phase one began June 7 and resulted in 25 arrests. A listing of the suspects and charges can be found at www.hcpd.org.

Melissa Harris

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