Crime & Courts


December 11, 2008

Howard man accused in chase is indicted

A Howard County man whose arrest last month prompted an internal investigation amid allegations of police brutality was indicted yesterday on charges ranging from assault to drug possession. Stephen Mark Zombro, 40, of Jessup was arrested last month after Howard police were led on a chase on Route 32 that was aired on several TV news stations. Police Chief William J. McMahon called for the investigation after watching the footage. One officer was placed on administrative duty, police said. Zombro's attorney, David Ellin, said that officers beat Zombro during the arrest and threatened to kill him if he talked about his injuries. A county grand jury indicted Zombro on five counts of assault, as well as charges of maliciously destroying property, drug possession and reckless driving, among others. He was being held in the county detention center on $200,000 bond.

Tyeesha Dixon

Pasadena teen arrested in robbery of woman, 81

A teenage suspect was arrested in the robbery of an 81-year-old woman Tuesday night, Anne Arundel County police said. As the woman walked into the stairwell of her apartment building in the 3500 block of Wedgewood Court in Pasadena just before 11 p.m., a man grabbed her purse and another bag, injuring her hand, police said. A witness told police that he had seen a man running into the woods near the 3500 block of Davenport Court and then run into an apartment there, police said. Officers searched the woods and found the victim's purse and bag. They arrested Justin H. Hartman, 18, in his apartment in the 3500 block of Davenport Court and charged him with armed robbery, first-degree assault and related offenses. The suspect led police through the woods to a pellet gun that had been used in the crime, police said.

Julie Scharper

Hanover man indicted in Howard break-ins

A Howard County grand jury yesterday indicted a man accused of breaking into several apartments and stealing valuables and large quantities of women's underwear. Brian Eui Hong, 23, of Hanover in Anne Arundel County was being held on $153,000 bond. In addition to a dozen counts of burglary, he was indicted on charges of attempted burglary, peeping tom, theft and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. Police say Hong broke into nine residences in the Town & Country apartment complex in Ellicott City from September to mid-October. Victims reported stolen jewelry, credit cards, clothing, electronics, cash and large amounts of women's underwear, police said. Hong was arrested Oct. 16 during a traffic stop.

Tyeesha Dixon

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