Three men are indicted in break-in, robbery

April 20, 2007|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun reporter

Three men were indicted this week on charges that they broke into a house in Owen Brown on Jan. 17, hid in the basement until the owner and his girlfriend returned and threatened to kill them while stealing $50,000 in electronics, jewelry and cash.

Deron Maurice Webb, 24, of Elkridge, Tjon M. Johnson, 25, of Columbia and Shamal I. Chapman, 26, of Laurel are each facing 20 charges ranging from armed robbery and assault to burglary and false imprisonment. They are being held in the Howard County Detention Center on bails ranging from $250,000 to $1 million after their arrests in late March.

According to court documents, the three are accused of breaking into the Columbia home on Dasher Farm Court and hitting the male victim in the face with a pistol. They used duct tape to bind both people to chairs while they committed the robbery.

The stolen goods, which included a Rolex watch, two computers, two large-screen plasma televisions, sound systems, an iPod, paintings, a digital camera and cash, were loaded onto a truck, police reports said.

Johnson tried to run when police came to his house in the 6500 block of Wingflash Lane in Owen Brown on March 22, but he was caught after a brief chase and arrested, the documents said.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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