Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 23, 2008

Police charge woman after officer is dragged for 200 yards

A 26-year-old woman who police say slipped out of handcuffs, stole a Baltimore police van and dragged a Baltimore detective for 200 yards when he tried to stop her has been charged with assaulting the officer, prostitution and car theft, according to charging documents. Police say Empriss Ross, who is homeless, agreed to give an undercover detective oral sex for $20 to $30 about noon Friday in the 400 block of S. Stricker St. The detective then drove Ross to a pre-arranged site where two other detectives were waiting to arrest her. Ross was then searched, cuffed and placed inside a white Dodge police van, charging documents stated. Detective Darryl Osborne realized that Ross had slipped out of her handcuffs and was in the driver's seat of the van, documents stated. As Osborne reached in to grab the wheel, Ross peeled off with Osborne yelling, "You're going to kill me; you're going to kill me," according to court records. Ross hit a curb, which threw Osborne from the van. Ross then made a run for it. A Baltimore Police helicopter unit found her in the parking lot of the Diggs-Johnson Middle School after she altered her hair and turned her jacket inside out to escape detection, according to documents. Osborne was treated and released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for deep cuts to his right knee, which required six stitches, a cut to his head and bruising to his ribs and hips, police said. Police later learned that Ross was wanted for violation of probation on a trespassing charge and for failing to appear in court on a prostitution charge.

Melissa Harris

Parent charged with assaulting child's teacher at Henson Elementary School

A parent of a Baltimore elementary school student was charged Friday with assaulting a teacher at her child's school, according to court records. The Matthew A. Henson Elementary School teacher alleged that Lakia Farmer, 29, "struck her with an unknown object several times" about 8:30 a.m. at the school, said Edie House, a spokeswoman for Baltimore City Schools Police. House said the object was possibly a cell phone. Police charged Farmer, who lives in the same block of North Payson Street as the West Baltimore school, with second-degree assault and using a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. Farmer posted a $5,000 bond yesterday, according to online court records. The school's principal, Carla Robinson-Bragg, declined to comment yesterday.

Melissa Harris

'Armed career criminal' gets 15-year sentence on firearms charge

A 37-year-old Baltimore man, described as an "armed career criminal" with four earlier drug and violent-crime convictions at the state level, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Friday for being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Police approached Maurice Gordon-Bey, who was sitting in his parked Toyota Tundra, a year ago after viewing what appeared to be a drug deal. Officers spotted heroin in the car and found a loaded handgun, according to statements associated with his guilty plea.

Tricia Bishop

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