4 arrested in separate robberies

Columbia pedestrian, occupants of Laurel home targeted

March 30, 2010|By Don Markus | don.markus@baltsun.com

Howard County police have arrested four men in connection with two unrelated robberies.

In the first, police say Adina Dehenda Bowen approached a Columbia man near the Long Reach Village Center about 9:30 p.m. Friday, struck him in the face with a gun and demanded cash. Tyrone Duncan, 25, gave Bowen money and an iPod, police say. As Duncan ran away, police say, Bowen fired a shot in his direction but missed.

Police have charged Bowen, 21, of the 8900 block of Tamar Drive with armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of theft. They are investigating whether he was involved in other robberies in the area. He was held in lieu of $200,000 bail at the Howard County detention center.

In the second incident, police say three men forced their way into a Laurel home early Saturday and robbed its occupants at gunpoint.

An occupant of a home in the 9600 block of Canterbury Riding in Laurel told police that three men kicked in the front door and confronted its residents. With two of the men brandishing guns and the other a knife, they demanded and received money from Anthony Rogers, 24; Rhonda Rogers, 57; and Phillip Mathews, also 57.

Criscia Hamilton, 25, who was in the house at the time, called police when the suspects broke down the door. The incident was reported about 1:20 a.m.

Police set up a perimeter around the house and said they captured 24-year-old Gerald Wright of the 9200 block of Gross Ave. in Laurel and Joshua Lamont Joyce, 31, of the 6000 block of Majors Lane in Columbia as they fled.

Oneil Lewis Kerr, 30, of the 8900 block of River Island Ave. in Savage was arrested a few hours later.

The suspects knew the victims, police said.

Each of the three men was charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of robbery, first- and second-degree assault and two counts of theft. Wright and Joyce were also charged with using a handgun to commit a felony. Wright and Kerr were also charged with reckless endangerment.

Each was held in the county's detention center in lieu of $950,000 bail.

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