Crime & Courts

CRIME & COURTS

January 27, 2009

3 teenagers charged in theft and assault

Three Brooklyn Park teenagers were arrested Sunday and charged with robbery, carjacking, assault and theft in an attack on a 47-year-old Baltimore man, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. About 12:40 p.m., the victim, who had a motor scooter, told police that three boys pushed him to the ground in the 5000 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park. One fled on the motor scooter, the victim told police, and the other two fled on foot. After searching the area, police said, they arrested three people - two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old - who were charged as juveniles.

Lindsay Kalter

Man sentenced to prison for robberies, killings

A 40-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison yesterday for his role in three robberies, in which two men were killed, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. According to a plea agreement, Timothy Bridges admitted to robbing Garford Jones, the night manager of Baltimore's Sterling Seafood, in late 2004. And in 2005 he robbed the owners of two Harford Road markets: Kafui Agbeke, owner of the KAF International Food Market; and Ralph Amadi, who owned the Global Food Market. Jones and Amadi were killed during the robberies. Bridges also said he shot another man in 2004.

Tricia Bishop

Police issue warning about phone swindle

Baltimore County police are urging residents to beware of a phone swindle in which the caller is asking for money for a relative in need. One White Marsh and four Parkville residents have been victims of the scheme since Jan. 13, with calls being made between 4 p.m. and about 9 p.m. Police say the caller tells the person a relative needs money for car repairs, car towing or bail. The caller has twice identified himself as a police officer. Police urge residents not to respond to phone calls requesting money and to hang up on suspicious callers. Residents should contact police and provide as much information as possible about the call and caller. Anyone with information about a possible suspect is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

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