Athlete, 18, held in stabbing, 3 robberies

March 28, 2009|By Liz Bowie

A Randallstown High School football player has been charged with stabbing one person and robbing three others at gunpoint in Baltimore County in the past two weeks, according Baltimore County police.

Police say that Vaschon Gilmer, 18, randomly walked up to three people on the street March 19 and March 20, displayed a handgun and robbed them of money, iPods and cell phones. The first robbery occurred near the 4400 block of Old Court Road.

Police believe he stabbed a man March 23, as he walked down the street near Offutt and Liberty roads, said Baltimore County spokesman Bill Toohey. It is unclear if anything was taken in the incident.

Gilmer was tracked by police through a stolen cell phone, Toohey said, and arrested. He is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail.

Toohey said Gilmer, who played varsity football at Randallstown this fall, admitted he had committed the crimes. When asked why he did it, Toohey said, he told police, "I needed the money and I didn't have anything to do."

Gilmer has gang tattoos and has been seen flashing gang signs, but police have not determined whether he was a member of a gang, Toohey said. A gun and the knife have been recovered, he said.

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