Police Blotter


June 15, 2008

Wanted man arrested after ride in taxicab

An Annapolis man who was recently featured on the Anne Arundel County's Most Wanted TV show was arrested after an officer recognized him as a passenger in a passing taxicab, city police said.

The officer knew that the man in the cab - on Bywater Road approaching Copeland Street around 12:30 a.m. Thursday - was Keith Bithol Williams, 21, of Admiral Drive, and that he was wanted on a warrant for first-degree assault. He is charged with firing numerous shots into an apartment on Newtowne Drive on May 18 after arguing with one of the residents.

Officers followed the cab to the Holiday Inn on Riva Road, where they were joined by Anne Arundel County police. During the arrest, officers seized approximately 29 grams of crack cocaine, two grams of marijuana, an electronic scale and more than $2,000 in cash. He was charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute and is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $2.25 million bond.

Man faces burglary, drug charges after arrest

A Severna Park man was arrested on drug and attempted burglary charges after police found a stash of drugs in his car outside a local assisted-living facility, Anne Arundel County police said.

An officer was investigating an attempted break-in at Sunrise Assisted Living, 43 McKinsey Road around 8 a.m. Thursday after employees reported a torn window screen, removed door hinges and a damaged alarm system.

Alerted to a suspicious car parked outside with someone sleeping inside it and a backpack and computer left on top, the officer headed there, and the driver apparently moved the car to a dead-end of the lot, dumping the items on the roof.

As the offer approached the car, Derek Lawson Watkins, 26, whose last known address is 307 Old County Road, ran by, with a maintenance person in pursuit.

More officers arrived and found Watkins just inside the wooded area in some deep underbrush.

Upon searching the suspect, his vehicle and the backpack, officers recovered 116 grams of marijuana worth about $4,000, several small bags of powder believed to be more drugs and various items used to weigh, package and distribute drugs.

Annapolis man arrested on weapon charge

An Annapolis man was charged with a weapons violation after he couldn't explain where he had gotten a shotgun from which the serial number had been scratched out, city police said.

Police responding to a report of a man armed with a rifle in the 100 block of Obery Court around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday apprehended a man who ran out the back door and led them on a brief chase. Police say Anthony Leon Winns, 22, of Temple Hills resisted efforts to be handcuffed and was restrained after a short struggle.

The gun was recovered from inside the home. Winns said an acquaintance had just walked by and handed the gun to him to hold temporarily.

Gunman fires repeatedly at cab in Annapolis

Someone repeatedly fired gunshots at a taxicab entering an Annapolis public housing community, with bullets hitting an apartment occupied by a woman and her two young children, city police said.

A cab driver said he was bringing several passengers to Newtowne Drive around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man on the street pulled a handgun from his waistband and started firing at the car and occupants, police said. The driver quickly turned the cab around and fled the community, even as the gunman continued to fire.

The passengers got out of the cab on South Cherry Grove Avenue and fled on foot. They were apparently not injured, but did not contact the police.

A woman on the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, however, reported that a bullet had struck her apartment. She and her children were not injured.

Four teens arrested in beating, robbery

Four male teenagers were arrested after a man was beaten and robbed in Lothian, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim said he was in the area of A and B streets around 1 a.m. Wednesday when the four youths beat him up and took his wallet and lighter.

The victim said he knew the driver of the getaway vehicle, a gold Buick heading north toward Annapolis. An officer pulled over a car matching the description on Route 2 and the victim identified the four people inside as his attackers.

They were identified as a 14-year-old from Annapolis, a 16-year-old from Annapolis, a 16-year-old from Severn and Thomas Wilson, 19, of 2nd Street in Annapolis. All were arrested.

Teens assault man but fail in robbery try

Two teenagers on bicycles punched a man in Glen Burnie in an attempted robbery, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim said he was in the area of Aquahart and Oakwood roads around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday when the boys approached and ordered him to empty his pockets. He refused, and the youths each struck him in the face, police said. A witness yelled, and the boys fled on the bikes.

The victim drove himself to the hospital for treatment of a laceration.

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