Police Blotter

September 21, 2007

Woman is struck with barbecue grill

man assaulted a city woman with a barbecue grill, Annapolis police said yesterday.

The 40-year-old Newtowne Drive resident reported at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday that a friend of her daughter picked up a barbecue grill and struck her in the head with it, causing a large bump on her head.

After hitting her with the grill in the first block of College Creek Terrace, the man punched her in the back of the head, then fled on foot.

The victim said she had argued with her daughter earlier and that it prompted the grill attack.

A friend of the victim took her to the hospital for treatment.

A suspect has been identified.

Police arrest man in Sept. 9 shooting

An Annapolis man was arrested in the shooting of a man last week on Newtowne Drive, police said yesterday.

Officers who went to the 700 block of Newtowne Drive for a report of shots fired about 4:45 a.m. Sept. 9 found resident Thomas Little, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso. Little was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released.

The investigation found that Little and a friend were outside arguing with two men inside an apartment when a shot was fired.

A shotgun was recovered outside near the scene of the shooting, said Officer Hal Dalton, a department spokesman.

About 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said, Onaje Adarryl Harris, 33, was found at a home in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive and charged with multiple counts of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and related offenses. He was being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail. He lives at another address on the street, police said.

George Horace Surgeon, 30, of the Newtowne Drive address where Harris was arrested is being sought and is charged with the same offenses, police said.

Three men accused in assaults on women

Three Annapolis men were accused of assaulting their wives or girlfriend in separate incidents Tuesday evening, city police said.

A 39-year-old Lincoln Drive resident reported at 8:40 p.m. that her husband had shoved her against a wall, causing her to strike her head, then pulled her through the house by her hair. She fled the house and called police. A 40-year-old man was quickly arrested.

After being tipped off about 10:30 p.m. by neighbors who had heard a domestic dispute in a townhouse in the 1900 block of Copeland St., officers found a 41-year-old resident who was bleeding from the face. She said her husband had head-butted her after she said she wanted to end the relationship. A 40-year-old man who was on the scene was arrested.

About 10 p.m., officers who went to a home in the 200 block of Hilltop Lane met a 23-year-old woman who said she had come home to find a former boyfriend inside. He had used a key he had kept since moving out, police said. She said she was grabbed by the throat and dragged to the kitchen, and that a knife was held against her throat and she was told she would be killed.

Police said the man was angry because he had heard that she had a new boyfriend. The victim got to a phone and called nearby friends for help. When they arrived, the man fled. He has not been found, police said.

Man is arrested at children's play area

A Halethorpe man was arrested Monday after he blocked the restrooms at a public park where children were playing after school, Annapolis police said.

An employee of the city Department of Recreation and Parks reported about 2:30 p.m. that a man was sleeping at the entrance to the public restrooms at Weems-Whalen Park, off Spa Road near Bates Middle School.

The man had what appeared to be his personal belongings strewn on the ground in front of the entrance, police said.

Police said that when told he was not cutting off the bathrooms to park patrons and also might be intimidating children, he refused to move.

Russell Scott Strange, 52, was arrested and charged with trespassing and failing to obey a lawful order.

Stolen car damaged after police stop man

Annapolis police who pulled over a man driving a stolen car weren't able to recover it intact: After the driver bolted from the car, it rolled down a hill and struck a tree.

Police went to the 700 block of Americana Drive about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after hearing that a man had broken out the window of a sport utility vehicle parked on the lot. The man fled in a red Honda Accord.

When officers stopped the Honda, the driver jumped out and fled on foot. The Honda continued moving after he got out, rolled down a hill, and hit the tree, causing superficial damage .

The registered owner, who lives on Roosevelt Court, said her car had been stolen after she left the keys in it.

Police were unable to find the thief despite an extensive search.

Since then, residents have reported that six other cars in the area were been broken into and items stolen from them.

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