Teens identified in assault case

POLICE BLOTTER

September 09, 2007

Annapolis police identified Friday two of the three teenagers accused of assaulting two students outside the Phoenix School on Thursday.

Rondell Alexander Franklin, 18, of Bowman Drive, Joel Lanier Dickerson, 18, of Pindell Avenue and a third, unidentified teenager attacked two of the students as they were getting on the bus to leave the school at 291 Locust Ave., about 2 p.m. A staff member said one of the aggressors had a gun.

The victims were not hurt but were not cooperating with the investigation.

After a search involving state and county police and the city fire marshal's office, a helicopter and a canine unit, two of the teens were arrested.

Franklin was carrying 1.3 grams of heroin when he was found, police said. He was charged with trespassing and possession of drugs with intent to distribute and was being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in lieu of $35,000 bail. Dickerson was charged with trespassing and was released.

Police are trying to determine the identity of the third teenager.

Annapolis man charged with arson

An Annapolis man was charged with setting his bedroom on fire during a fight with his girlfriend, city police said.

The girlfriend, a 36-year-old resident of Park Lane, told police that she and Alex Edguardo Garcia, 22, had gotten in an argument about 4:40 p.m. Thursday when she asked to break up with him. He threw and broke objects throughout the house. She took one of her children and left but soon saw smoke coming from the house and returned to discover a fire in her bedroom.

She alerted the other residents, and they escaped safely. City firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Garcia was arrested and charged with arson, reckless endangerment and destruction of property.

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