Crime Watch

January 30, 2008

Man attacked, robbed at north city bus stop

A 66-year-old man was robbed and struck with a metal pole early yesterday while waiting for a Maryland Transit Administration bus in North Baltimore, according to a city police report.

Holton F. Brown, an editorial assistant at The Sun, was attacked on his way to work about 4:50 a.m. in the 5600 block of The Alameda, near the Alameda Shopping Center, the report says. Police have not made any arrests.

Brown told police that he was grabbed from behind, around the neck, and that when he asked what the man was doing, the attacker responded: "What's wrong with you?" Brown tried to walk away and was grabbed again, police said.

Brown turned and hit the man in the face and tried to dial 911 on his cellular phone, according to the report. Police said the man then hit Brown in the body and head with the pole, reached into his right pocket and took a wallet containing credit and bank cards. The man then ran east on Walters Avenue.

Brown was treated by paramedics at the scene. Police said he suffered a cut on the top of his head.

Man gets jail time for dog theft

The Annapolis teenager who was sentenced last month to 65 years in prison for shooting another teen and a Secret Service agent in an Anne Arundel County mall was sentenced yesterday to a year and a day of additional jail time for stealing a pit bull puppy.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Javaughn Norman Adams, 19, could have faced 45 years in prison for the theft of the 10-week-old Welsh corgi/pit bull mix on Oct. 16, 2006, one month before he opened fire at Westfield Annapolis mall.

The two prison sentences will run consecutively.

According to charging documents, two men kicked in the back door of a home in the 1400 block of Regent St. and stole the puppy.

The dog was recovered two weeks later from the home of Charles James, Adams' grandfather. Adams confessed and wrote a "letter of apology for what he had done," according to charging documents.

Nicole Fuller

Man faces sex abuse charge

A 57-year-old Annapolis man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old friend of his granddaughter, police said yesterday.

Benjamin Evans of the 1300 block of Van Buren St. was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault after the girl, who was staying overnight in August at her friend's house, said the girl's grandfather came into the room while they were asleep and touched her in a sexual manner, police said. Evans was charged Jan. 13 and taken into custody Monday. He was being held at the Baltimore County jail on $5,000 bond, police said.

Justin Fenton

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