Pasadena teen charged with assaulting high school crossing guard

An 18-year-old Pasadena woman was arrested Friday after Anne Arundel County police said she allegedly slapped a crossing guard at Northeast High School earlier in the week.

According to police, the crossing guard had stopped traffic to allow pedestrians to cross the street Tuesday afternoon when a blue Chevrolet Sonic drove through the crosswalk against the crossing guard's directions.

The crossing guard saw a similar Chevrolet Sonic in the parking lot Wednesday and went to take a picture of the license plate to send to police. Police said a woman emerged from the car, grabbed the crossing guard's hand and tried to wrest the phone away, then slapped the crossing guard. When the crossing guard said she was going to call police, the woman drove off, police said.

Police charged Brittany Anne Wenzel, 18, of Pasadena with attempted robbery, attempted theft of less than $1,000, two counts of second-degree assault, disobeying a crossing guard and other traffic offenses. Police said Wenzel was at the school to pick up a friend.

A man and woman who answered the phone at Wenzel's home declined comment.

Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis issued a statement on the incident, saying "crossing guards have the sacred responsibility of protecting our children and they don't deserve to be subjected to assaults and threats."

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