Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 26, 2006

Girl, 16, is charged in Carroll accident that injured toddler

A 16-year-old Westminster girl has been charged as a juvenile after a 15-month-old boy fell from the car she was driving and was dragged 80 feet in downtown Westminster, police said.

The 16-year-old, who was not identified, was charged with possession of a deadly weapon, transporting a child without a safety seat and operating a motor vehicle on a learner's permit without adult supervision, police said. Metal knuckles were found in an open pocketbook in the car, according to Capt. Randy Barnes of the Westminster Police Department.

The infant sustained head injuries in the accident Sept. 13. He had been riding in the back seat of the Chevrolet Lumina with his mother, who is also 16, police said.

The infant's mother, a Hampstead girl, was fined $50 for transporting a child without a safety seat.

Laura McCandlish

Man and 2 bystanders shot

Police were searching yesterday for a gunman who shot and wounded three people in a weekend incident, including an 11-year-old girl and a 74-year-old man who were sitting on the front steps of their East Baltimore rowhouses. Police said they were bystanders.

A department spokeswoman, Officer Nicole Monroe, said the intended target, a 19-year-old man from West Baltimore, was wounded in the right foot and treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The shootings occurred about 7:40 p.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of Kennedy Ave.

Monroe said the incident started when a gunman walked out of a carryout on Kennedy Avenue and began firing a handgun at the 19-year-old.

The elderly man was struck in the left leg and also was treated at Johns Hopkins. The girl suffered a graze wound to the left side of her forehead and was listed in good condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins, Monroe said. Police did not release the victim's names.

Monroe said no arrests have been made and that the man detectives believe was targeted has an extensive arrest record for drugs, assault and deadly-weapon charges.

Man shot dead in Reservoir Hill

A man in his mid-20s was fatally shot early yesterday on a street in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill neighborhood - the city's 200th homicide this year, police said.

About 5:30 a.m., Central District officers investigating a report that a man appearing to be sick or injured was lying in the 2300 block of Mount Royal Terrace found a Fire Department ambulance crew attending to the victim, who was bleeding from a head injury, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The man - whose name was withheld -was shot in the head by an unknown assailant and was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later, Moses said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the slaying.

Richard Irwin

No arrests in carjacking

Anne Arundel County police have made no arrests after a weekend carjacking in which they said four men were forced at gunpoint outside a Glen Burnie restaurant to drive to Baltimore, where they were robbed before escaping unharmed.

The carjacking took place about 9:50 p.m. Saturday outside Little Caesar's Pizza in the 5600 block of Ritchie Highway, police said. The four were sitting in a car when a man jumped in and ordered the driver to go to the Cherry Hill neighborhood, police said. There, the gunman and a waiting accomplice robbed the group of an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Man charged with sex abuse

A 20-year-old Finksburg man is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $75,000 bond after being charged with sexually abusing two 11-year-old girls, authorities said yesterday.

Phillip R. Wilson of the 3000 block of Old Westminster Pike faces two counts each of sexual solicitation of a minor, a third-degree sex offense, a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, according to court documents.

Wilson is charged with fondling the two 11-year-old girls in January, according to the statement of charges.

Wilson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 18 in Carroll County District Court.

Laura McCandlish

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