Four Oakland Mills High School students were arrested last week in connection with the attempted murder of a Columbia Flyer taxi driver earlier this month.
Khalid Khahiem Woods, 19, Johnam Perez-Rivera, 16, and Woody Rousseau, 17, all face second-degree attempted muder, conspiracy, armed robbery, robbery and assault charges for allegedly choking and threatening to kill a cab driver on the evening of March 1.
A fourth student, Chellby Ofosusafori, 17, faces conspiracy, armed robbery and robbery charges in connection with the incident.
All three juveniles are being charged as adults, police said.
According to the charging documents, Woods, Perez-Rivera and Rousseau told police the attack was planned, and that the goal, according to Rousseau, was to rob the driver.
Ofosusafori did not tell police that the attack was premeditated, according to the documents.
Police said they received a call from a cab driver about 10:45 p.m., stating that he had been assaulted after picking up four men on Sweet Fern in Columbia.
According to the documents, the teens were headed to Sewell's Orchard Road for a party when one of the passengers told the driver to pull over. As he did, the passenger seated directly behind him, who police believe is Perez-Rivera, pulled a karate belt around the driver's neck and began choking him, police said.
The front passenger, believed to be Woods, pulled out a hand gun, which police believe is a BB gun, according to the charging documents, and threatened to kill the driver, police said.
Fearing for his life, the driver accelerated the cab and struck a tree, deploying the car’s air bags, police said. The driver, who sustained minor facial injuries, escaped to a house where he called 911, police said.
Inside the cab, police recovered two BB guns, a yellow karate belt, two five-dollar bills, and a pair of black framed glasses, which police believe belong to Rousseau.
The second BB gun, which was not pulled out in the incident, also belonged to Rousseau, according to the documents.
Police used the evidence and cell phone records to link the four teens to the incident.
Late last week, Woods was arrested at his home in Columbia. The other three teens were arrested without incident at Oakland Mills High School, police said.
Woods, Perez-Rivera and Ofosusafori are being held at Howard County Detention Center on $350,000, $250,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively.
Rousseau has been released on $200,000 bond.
In an email to parents Tuesday, March 19, Oakland Mills Principal Frank Eastham said confidentiality laws prohibit the school from sharing specific details of the incident, though police have released information to the public.
Eastham said after school Tuesday that teachers were made aware of “this same information” and have been encouraged to “be sensitive to students' needs.” Counselors and the school psychologist are available for students who would like to talk about the situation, he said.
“We want to reassure the Oakland Mills High School community that maintaining a safe and orderly school environment is of the highest priority,” Eastham said. “We have taken measures to ensure that school operations are not disrupted by this event.”