Police say three staged robbery


May 11, 2008

Two Edgewater men and a 17-year-old girl were arrested Wednesday night and are accused of staging a robbery to get money owed for drugs, police said.

Officers responded about 11:45 p.m. to a parking lot at Loch Haven Park for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

They encountered five people, who said initially said the call had been a prank. But they later said two men wearing masks had approached their vehicle with a gun.

A perimeter was established, and police found three men walking out of the woods. A BB gun was found at the edge of the woods, and police said one of the men had a face mask in his pocket.

According to police, the suspects were interviewed and said the 17-year-old girl had alerted them by cell-phone text messages when the group was near.

Sean Kenneth Mattern, 19, of the 3600 block of North Carolina Ave., and Carl Wayne Avery, 19, of the 100 block of Holly Road, were each charged with two counts of armed robbery, robbery, and first- and second-degree assault. The girl was charged as a juvenile.

The victim refused to cooperate with police, telling an officer, "I don't like cops, and I will take care of this situation with street justice," according to charging documents.

Man charged with kidnap try

A 34-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged in connection with an attempted abduction, police said.

Officers responded at about 12:30 a.m. to the 100 block of Bay Road in Bay Ridge, where a female victim said a vehicle pulled up next to her and the driver asked for directions, police said.

A male passenger got out of the vehicle and tried to grab her purse. She was able to push him away, but he grabbed her wrists and tried to force her into the vehicle, police said.

The victim hit her attacker with her purse and was able to flee to a neighbor's house, where she contacted police. As officers were interviewing her, she identified a man walking down the street toward them as one of the attackers.

Gerwin Morsell, whose addresses were listed as the 1400 block of Fowler Road in Owings and the 7900 block of Vintage Road in Glen Burnie, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping, robbery and false imprisonment. Officers were unable to locate the second suspect or the vehicle, which was described as a light blue Pontiac.

Just a day earlier, a woman had filed domestic violence charges against Morsell and applied for a peace order, which was denied, according to court records.

Sgt. John Gilmer, a county police spokesman, would not say whether the woman who had applied for the peace order was the victim of the abduction attempt.

Drugs found in home

Two Glen Burnie residents were arrested on drug charges after county police raided their home Wednesday.

Police recovered a handgun and crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia while searching a home in the 6200 block of Flamingo Drive in the Morris Hill community of Glen Burnie.

Barry Clayton Merchant, 50, of Flamingo Drive and Leola Mae Carter, 50, of the 6600 block of Whitmore Road were arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Teen shot in leg on West Street

A 17-year-old boy was shot while walking on West Street Wednesday night, Annapolis police said.

Police were alerted by Anne Arundel Medical Center staff that they were treating a teen for a gunshot wound, and officers interviewed the victim.

The Hicks Avenue resident said he had been walking in the 2000 block of West St. at 9 p.m. when he heard a gunshot. He then realized he had been hit in the right leg and waved down a passing motorist for help, who took him to the hospital.

According to police, he would not provide additional details, and the investigation is continuing.

Drug deal nets two arrests

Two women were arrested in the Clay Street area Tuesday morning after an officer observed a drug deal between a motorist and a pedestrian.

Police stopped a car at the corner of Calvert and West streets, where they said they recovered a piece of crack cocaine from the hand of the driver, Nagelanda Cooper, 40, of Riverdale. She was charged with drug possession and driving on a suspended license.

The passenger, 18-year-old Bianca Vanjanae Ross, allegedly became irate and was screaming, "This is why I hate cops," according to city police. She was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Police arrest two in Robinwood

Police conducting special enforcement efforts in the Robinwood community on Wednesday made two drug arrests, police said.

After observing an apparent drug deal just before 4 p.m., officers stopped the vehicle of the alleged seller in the Bay Ridge Gardens apartment complex. Police recovered 27 grams of crack cocaine, packed in three separate bags, from the car's passenger, who was identified as Jerrell Jerry Maclin, 26, of Silverwood Circle.

Maclin was arrested and charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, and was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bond. The driver of the vehicle, Ellsworth Carl Collins Jr., 26, of Arnold, did not have drugs, but had been banned from Bay Ridge Gardens and was charged with trespassing.

Another transaction was observed at about 5:50 p.m., and a suspect was arrested. Police said they recovered 24 small bags of marijuana from Clarence Eugene Johnson III, 19, of Arbor Hill Road, and a search of the area where the alleged drug deal had taken place turned up crack cocaine and a .40-caliber handgun.

Johnson was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He was being held at the detention center on $15,000 bond.

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