Crime Watch

April 15, 2008

Relative sought in stabbing

A 25-year-old Edgewood man was stabbed in the upper torso by a relative during a family gathering Friday night, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

A warrant for the arrest of Samuel Dowling, 37, of the 1800 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood has been issued, deputies said. Dowling will be charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, said Sgt. David Betz, a sheriff's office spokesman.

About 9:20 p.m. Friday, deputies said, they were called to the 800 block of Williamsburg Court in Edgewood about a stabbing at a family event. The victim, Tyrone McCormick of the 600 block of Harr Park Court, was treated at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening. It was unclear how the two men were related.

Madison Park

Student hurt by knife in school

Baltimore police are investigating the wounding of a Douglass High School student as he and another student wrestled in a school bathroom yesterday.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the boys, 16 and 17, were wrestling when a knife attached to the elder boy's belt fell to the floor, witnesses told police, according to Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Witnesses said the older boy slammed the other boy onto the floor, where the 16-year-old's back came into contact with the knife, Moses said.

He said the boy was treated for a non-life-threatening injury at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Richard Irwin

Car damaged in arson fire

A bag of trash was set afire on the hood of a 1996 Toyota Camry at the owner's residence in Harford County on Saturday night, causing $1,000 in damage to the vehicle, according to the state fire marshal's office.

The incident took place in the 300 block of Bald Eagle Way in Belcamp. The fire burned itself out and the damage was discovered by the owner Sunday morning, according to the fire marshal's office.

It is the second such incident in the Belcamp community, Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. said yesterday.

On April 5, wood chips and newspapers were piled on the trunk and roof of a 2007 Nissan and set on fire in the 200 block of Bald Eagle Way. Damage to the car was estimated at $1,000, authorities said.

The vehicle arsons in Belcamp are not believed to be related to the incidents in which mailboxes and front porches in Bel Air and Forest Hill were firebombed, officials said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Bel Air office of the fire marshal at 410-836-4844.

Madison Park

Teenager confessed to Columbia killing

The teenager accused of fatally shooting a man on a busy street in Columbia at midday last week confessed to the killing shortly after his arrest, according to court documents.

During a hearing yesterday in Howard County District Court, a judge upheld the decision to hold Antajuan L. Wilson, 19, without bail.

Wilson, of the 10800 block of Green Mountain Circle in Columbia, is charged in the killing Wednesday of Bryan Antoine Adams Jr.

Adams, 20, was a 2005 graduate of Wilde Lake High School and was preparing to enroll in college, according to a relative.

Wilson was arrested late Saturday and charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and weapons violations. According to charging documents released yesterday, police do not know of a motive for the shooting or whether there was a relationship between the victim and the suspect.

Appearing in the courtroom on a TV screen via a video feed from the county detention center, Wilson said that he had been in Columbia for only about two weeks but had family in the area. He said he was unemployed and had been living in Augusta, Ga.

Responding to questions from Judge Pamila J. Brown, Wilson said he had no criminal record beyond minor traffic offenses. The judge then said that her records show he had been convicted in 2006 on a marijuana charge and a battery charge in Georgia and been sentenced to probation.

At a meeting last night at Slayton House, Howard police Chief William McMahon and Capt. Tara Nelson briefed about 50 residents and answered questions. Though they did not answer queries about a motive or relationship between the suspect and victim, they reassured the crowd that Columbia is a safe community.

June Arney and Emily Groves

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