Male suspect charged in carjacking, assault

July 10, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,SUN REPORTER

A 24-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning after a carjacking in which the vehicle overturned in Severna Park, police said.

The incident began about midnight when a man punched and hit a Glen Burnie woman and forced his way into her white Mercury Mountaineer on the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in the 100 block of Ritchie Highway.

Police said the man and woman had a previous relationship and apparently bumped into one another at the convenience store before he drove off in the SUV with her inside.

While searching for the vehicle, police received a call that a white SUV had overturned about 2 1/2 miles away, in the 300 block of Balsam Road in the Severna Forest community next to Severna Park High School.

Officers there found Mary L. Lysinger, 42, on the ground suffering from injuries sustained during the accident. Police deployed helicopters, police dog units and officers to search for a suspect. For more than hour, officers searched the Evergreen Estates and West Severna Park areas.

Police arrested Joseph Coates - who had been seen riding a stolen bike on Hollyberry Drive near Bayberry Drive in West Severna Park - after a brief chase. Police said they recovered suspected crack cocaine and prescription painkillers from him.

Coates - who had six outstanding warrants - was charged with carjacking, first- and second-degree assault, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and several traffic offenses.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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