Police Blotter


June 18, 2008

Seven charged with prostitution offenses

Six men and a woman were arrested in a pair of prostitution busts in Maryland City, Anne Arundel County police said.

The stings on June 5 and June 6, which followed citizen complaints of prostitution in the area of Route 198 and Red Clay Road, had undercover officers pose as prostitutes and johns.

The following men were charged with solicitation for prostitution: John J. Mullikin, 39, of Bowie; Jason A. Simmons, 32, of the 7600 block of E. Arbory Court in Laurel; Russell F. Brown Jr, 52, of the 8000 block of Long Branch Terrace in Glen Burnie; Robert Anthony Robinson, 28, of the 3300 block of Yellow Flower Road in Laurel; Richard D. Hackett, 37, of the 8700 block of Contee Road in Laurel; and Eric F. Sherman, 61, of the 9100 block of Gross Ave. in Laurel.

Karen Michelle Balance, 46, of Charlotte Hall was charged with prostitution by any means and solicitation for prostitution.

Teens stole from school, police say

Two Severna Park teenagers were charged with stealing equipment from the Severna Park High School computer lab, Anne Arundel County police said.

Officers responding to an alarm at the school at 2:20 a.m. Sunday saw the two boys on nearby Cottonwood Drive. One of the boys had a fresh laceration on one of his fingers that was still bleeding. Blood was also found at the point of entry to the school, a broken-out window. The boy also was carrying computer-related hardware. Police said he then confessed to burglarizing the school with his friend.

Both boys, ages 16 and 17, were charged burglary and theft.

Dealership burglary leads to charges

A Halethorpe man was arrested after police say he rammed a white van into other vehicles in the parking lot of a truck dealership.

Anne Arundel County officers responding to reports of a burglary in progress about 12:45 a.m. Saturday at Mid Atlantic Truck Sales, 8466 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, said they saw the van hitting other vehicles, then Daniel Vincent Depaul Dillon, 25, walk away and toss the van's keys.

The front door of the business had been kicked in, and four vehicles in the lot had been damaged, officers said.

Dillon was charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary, theft under $500, destruction of property over $500 and related crimes.

Robber steals purse from living room

A Pasadena woman was the victim of an armed robbery in her living room, Anne Arundel County Police said.

The victim said she was asleep on her couch on Marydell Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Friday when a man forced open the front door, brandished a knife and demanded her purse. She gave it to him, and the man fled on foot.

Pedestrian robbed in Brooklyn Park

A man was robbed as he walked through Brooklyn Park, Anne Arundel police said.

The 23-year-old victim as on the 200 block of Hammonds Lane about 3 a.m. Saturday when a man approached him and asked for change.

The victim pulled out his wallet, the robber grabbed it and snatched the cash and fled on foot.

He was described as white, about 19 to 21 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds, with dirty blond hair and wearing a dark T-shirt.

Powerboat missing from Eastport berth

A $10,000 powerboat was stolen from its berth in Eastport, Annapolis police said.

A resident of McPherson Road discovered the boat was missing Monday from 326 First St.; he said it was there Sunday.

Annapolis residents robbed outside home

Two city residents were robbed at gunpoint as they sat in front of their home, Annapolis police said.

The Heritage Court couple said two men approached them about 11:30 p.m. Monday, and one pointed a gun at them. The victims were forced to lie on the ground while the robbers went through their pockets and took their cell phones and wallets before fleeing.

Teen charged in attack with bat

An Annapolis teenager was charged with attacking a group with a baseball bat in front of city police officers, police said.

Officers reporting to a fight on the 400 block of Captain's Circle about 11:55 p.m. Friday were breaking up the group when Racine Gross, 19, of Captain's Circle approached while wielding the bat. She swung it at numerous people, hitting one of them on the hand, police said.

Officers took the bat away from her, and she was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and related offenses. She is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $35,000 bond.

Driver loses cash asking for directions

A Kent Island man was robbed by several young men who surrounded his car as he stopped to ask for directions near a public housing community, Annapolis police said.

The victim, 34, of Chester, said he pulled over on Admiral Drive near Bowman Court about 11:15 p.m. Friday and was approached by the men, police said.

He had some cash sitting out in plain view on the center console, and one of the robbers told the victim, "I'll take that." The victim gave the suspect the money out of fear for his safety. A rear window of his car was then broken out, and he drove off to a safe area and called police.

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