Crime Watch

October 23, 2007

Woodlawn High teen injured in assault

Two students were charged and a third was being sought in connection with an assault on a student at Woodlawn High School yesterday morning, Baltimore County police said.

A school administrator called 911 at 10:35 a.m. to report the attack, which left a 17-year-old male student with injuries to his back, police said. The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was treated and released.

The incident occurred outside the building on school property. Police believe that an "edged weapon" was used in the assault but don't know for sure that it was a knife, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. Police are considering the incident a cutting rather than a stabbing because there were no puncture wounds, he said.

Police questioned four male students. Toohey said the student alleged to have done the cutting was identified but had not been picked up as of last night. Police believe that person is a former Woodlawn student who attends another school.

Toohey said police expect to charge him as an adult with first-degree assault.

In the wake of the incident, Toohey sought to reassure parents.

"Parents at the school should understand that this was a very specific targeted episode. This was not a random attack," he said.

Jennifer McMenamin

Driver charged in near-miss, A 20-year-old Havre de Grace driver who is accused of speeding his vehicle toward an Aberdeen police officer on foot patrol has been charged with attempted murder.

Marcus H. McLain of the 400 block of Battery Drive is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, Aberdeen police said yesterday in a news release.

About 5 p.m. Friday, an officer on foot patrol in the Highland Commons housing complex on Roosevelt Avenue spotted a driver not wearing a seat belt and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver accelerated toward the officer, who leapt out of the way and was not injured.

The driver stopped the car less than a block away and the three occupants fled on foot. Other officers arrived and caught two of the suspects. McLain was the driver, said police. He was charged with first- and second-degree assault and possession of controlled dangerous substance.

Police did not release the name of the second suspect; a third person is being sought. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the department at 410-272-2121, ext. 121.

Madison Park

Sentence for hospital assault

A former patient at Howard County General Hospital was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a female patient in an adjoining room, according to a spokesman for Howard County State's Attorney Timothy J. McCrone.

Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman recommended that Jerel Antonio Mcrae of the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane in Columbia serve his sentence at the Patuxent Institution, a maximum-security prison that focuses on mental health treatment, according to Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for McCrone.

Mcrae, 27, pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense against the then-19-year-old vulnerable adult, who had been diagnosed with mild mental retardation and bipolar and impulse-control disorders.

The incident occurred in a shower room that connected the patients' rooms.

Mcrae, who had admitted himself to the hospital for drug detoxification, told police that he knew the woman was "heavily medicated" and "not all there" mentally, but Mcrae denied using force. The woman told detectives that she said "no" and asked him to stop.

Melissa Harris

Police discover stolen fuel

Three days after a tanker truck loaded with 7,100 gallons of diesel fuel was hijacked from a South Baltimore depot, authorities said yesterday that they have made no arrests but have recovered the missing fuel at a gas station in Washington.

Officer Troy Harris, a Baltimore police spokesman, said detectives were working with officers with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington. He said the fuel was discovered at a Chevron station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, but there was no indication that the owner knew it had been stolen.

The tanker was taken at gunpoint early Friday from a driver who had just finished filling it at the Central Point Terminal in the 3100 block of Vera St. in an industrial section of the Curtis Bay neighborhood. That prompted a search by local, state and federal authorities along the Interstate 95 corridor.

Police found the 18-wheel tanker truck, abandoned and nearly empty Friday afternoon, on a street near Bolling Air Force Base.

Mall-shooting trail to begin

Opening statements are expected this morning in the trial of an Annapolis teenager accused of opening fire last year in Westfield Annapolis mall, injuring two people, including an off-duty Secret Service agent.

Jury selection wrapped up last night in the case of Javaughn Norman Adams, 19, charged with two counts of attempted murder and 13 other counts in the Nov. 18 incident in the mall's food court.

Adams is accused of shooting Tahzay Brown, 16, of Annapolis in the leg. The unidentified Secret Service agent, who was shopping with his family, pulled his service weapon and shot Adams twice but was wounded once in the leg.

The shooting that busy Saturday night has been attributed to rivalries between two Annapolis public housing complexes.

Circuit Judge William C. Mulford II will preside over the trial, which is expected to last about two weeks.

Nicole Fuller

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