Crime & Courts


January 01, 2009|By liz Kay and Tyeesha Dixon

Crofton teen charged with thefts linked to Craigslist

Annapolis police have arrested a Crofton teenager in connection with three robberies of people responding to Craigslist advertisements. Charles Edward Carroll Jr., 17, remains in custody at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on armed robbery, assault, theft and other charges, police said. The first victim had arranged to meet the seller about 6 p.m. Dec. 23 in the 1200 block of Gemini Drive to purchase a gift card; the second was trying to purchase two cell phones about 8:30 p.m. Friday in the 2100 block of Gemini Drive. The final victim had arranged to meet the seller to purchase a cell phone at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Tyler Avenue and Forest Drive. A man who approached handed him the cell phone and took $180, then snatched the phone back and ran toward a group of men standing nearby, police said. When the victim ran toward the men, one threatened to shoot him and they ran away, police said. An Annapolis police officer stopped a suspect as he was running, and the victim identified him as the robber, police said. Carroll, who has been charged as an adult, carried the two cell phones described in the advertisements, and the phone number listed on Craigslist was the same for the two Friday incidents, police said.

Liz F. Kay

Man charged with soliciting a minor online

A Baltimore man was arrested Tuesday evening on a charge of sexual solicitation of a minor after investigators set up a meeting with the man in Howard County, Maryland State Police said. According to police, a trooper assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force had been doing an online investigation of Joseph Anthony Catlin, 31, of the 200 block of S. Collington Ave., for several weeks. On Tuesday, investigators set up a meeting with Catlin and arrested him at an undisclosed location in Howard County, police said. Catlin was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond, police said yesterday.

Tyeesha Dixon

Edgewood man shot several times near home

A 19-year-old Edgewood man was shot as he walked in his neighborhood at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Harford County sheriff's office. Deputies responded to the 600 block of Meadowood Drive and found Lamere Shavase Walton with several gunshot wounds to his upper body. Walton had been walking on Meadowood Drive when an unknown person shot him. The victim was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Liz F. Kay

Del. man is arrested in Edgewood carjacking

A Wilmington, Del., man has been arrested after a carjacking of an Edgewood man Tuesday night, according to the Harford County sheriff's office. Michael Lamar Nelson, 17, of the 300 block of 25th St., was charged as an adult with armed carjacking, robbery, second-degree assault and other charges, deputies said. He remains in custody at the Harford County Detention Center. Deputies responded to a report of a carjacking in the 2000 block of Starr St. about 11 p.m. Deputies said the victim was walking to his home from his gray 2004 Chevy Aveo when he was approached by a man who brandished a knife, took his keys, wallet and cell phone, and drove away in the Aveo. About 12:30 a.m. yesterday, a deputy spotted the stolen vehicle in a parking lot of a Walgreens drugstore in the 3000 block of Emmorton Road, Abingdon. The deputy observed the suspect enter the store. Nelson had stolen property in his possession, deputies said.

Liz F. Kay

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