Police Briefs


July 27, 2008

Lothian woman says her truck was stolen

A woman who said she backed out of a drug deal returned to find that the truck she left behind was stolen, Annapolis police said.

The victim, a 34-year-old Lothian resident, said Wednesday that on June 22, she met with a drug dealer on Bay Ridge Road who tried to persuade her to trade her 2005 Ford pickup for drugs. She said she changed her mind and instead called her parents to pick her up to take her to drug rehabilitation. They did so, and she left her truck parked. When her parents returned for her truck, it was gone.

Annapolis man is charged with assaulting girlfriend

An Annapolis man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and a friend outside her city apartment five months ago has been arrested, city police said.

The victim, 21, of Graff Court, said she and her friend and her boyfriend had been out at a local restaurant in the early hours of Feb. 18, when the victim, whom police did not identify, got into an argument with her boyfriend. The victim and her friend took a taxicab to the friend's house on Captain's Circle, and the boyfriend, Lawrence Michael Branch III, 22, of Belle Drive soon arrived there, hollering and screaming outside. The women came out to calm him down and he tried to hit his girlfriend, then pushed her to the ground and shoved the friend away, police said. Then he pulled a handgun from his waistband and threatened to kill them both before running away.

Branch was arrested about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant charging him with first-degree assault, a handgun violation and related offenses. He is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $200,000 bail.

Woman robbed at gunpoint outside Glen Burnie store

A woman was robbed outside a Glen Burnie store at what she believed was gunpoint, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim told police that she was standing in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree at 6718 Ritchie Highway about 4:35 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her from behind and asked her for spare change. When she said she didn't have any, the man shoved what she thought was a gun into her back and demanded her purse. She handed it over, and the robber fled on foot.

He was described as black, about 40 years old, missing a front tooth, having a swollen lip and wearing a black T-shirt with a picture of a tan hippo.

Three teens charged with alcohol violations

Three Anne Arundel County teenagers were charged with alcohol violations after being found with a case of beer in their car and lying about their ages, Annapolis police said.

Police pulled a car over about 2 a.m. after noticing the driver had failed to turn on the headlights Wednesday on West Street near North Southwood Avenue.

Police said the driver and her two passengers misidentified themselves, and that they were in possession of several fake identification cards, which they had used to get into a city bar and buy the beer that was in the car.

Morgan Brett Linstrand, 18, of Millersville was charged with misrepresenting age to obtain alcohol, unlawful possession of alcohol and driving without headlights. Kristina Nicole Williamson, 18, of Severna Park was charged with the first two of those offenses. Stephanie Cote Nielsen, 18, of Arnold was charged with the same offense as Williamson, and additionally with hindering a police investigation.

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