Police Digest

December 28, 2007

Woman beaten, purse stolen

A purse-snatcher threw a 20-year-old pregnant woman to the ground, kicked her and stepped on her head in front of a crowd outside the Harbour House complex in Eastport, Annapolis police said this week.

The group, police added, did nothing as she screamed for help and he ran off with her purse.

The victim, who is three months pregnant, told officers she had gotten out of her car to visit a friend in the public housing community around 7 p.m. Dec. 17 when a man approached and asked if she wanted to buy drugs.

When she refused, he demanded her money. The man eventually grabbed her purse and the two struggled over it. He then knocked her down, dragged her across the ground and stepped on her and pulled on the purse until the straps broke free. He then fled.

The victim said she was screaming for someone to help her, and none of the people standing around and watching came to her aid.

She suffered scratches to her head and face but refused medical treatment.

Riva woman charged in theft

A Riva woman was charged with stealing the purse of a fellow customer downtown, Annapolis police said.

The victim was sitting at the unnamed bar at 1 a.m. Sunday when her purse went missing. It was found elsewhere in the bar a short time later, empty. When an employee asked a woman who had been sitting nearby to see the contents of her purse, Crystal Garren, 21, reluctantly complied and said the camera, a loose driver's license and black pair of stockings were hers. The employee knew these were the victim's items.

Garren quickly left, walked across the street and placed the stolen items on the curb. She was soon arrested and charged with theft.

Two arrested on drug charges

A St. Margarets man who was pulled over in Annapolis for speeding was arrested on drug charges, as was his passenger, city police said.

Police say Kenneth Leon Moulden, 33, was driving too fast on Severn Avenue near State Street at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday before officers stopped him. He was driving on a suspended license, police said. They said they also recovered 29 grams of cocaine from his passenger, Sherlonda Roseretha Brown, 31, of Thom Court in Annapolis.

Both were charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

Maryland City store robbed

A man robbed a Maryland City convenience store at gunpoint on Christmas Eve, Anne Arundel police said.

An employee of Lee's Market, 338 Brock Bridge Road, said the man came in around 5:45 p.m. Monday, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The clerk turned over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect fled on foot.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the police department's Robbery Unit at 410-222-3566.

False alarm leads to drug arrest

An Annapolis man was arrested on drug charges after police responded to a false alarm for a burglary, Annapolis police said.

Officers responding to the alarm around midnight yesterday on the 200 block of Duke of Gloucester Street noticed Richard Anthony Adams, 40, of Cutter Court in a nearby car and went to talk to him.

He tried to swallow something, which police wrested from him and found was 2 grams of powder cocaine. He was charged with drug possession, and his 1994 Lincoln Town Car was seized for forfeiture.

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