Gwynn Oak man with handgun allegedly chases vehicle in Westminster, is charged with assault

Raheem Ali Smith
Raheem Ali Smith (Courtesy photo)

A Gwynn Oak man faces assault charges after allegedly chasing down a vehicle with a handgun on May 30 in Westminster.

Raheem Ali Smith, 19, was charged with four counts of first-degree assault, four counts of second-degree assault, two counts of retaliation for testimony, and one count each of possessing a firearm with a prior felony conviction, using a firearm in commission of a crime, illegally possessing a firearm, possessing a firearm while under the age of 21, carrying a handgun, trespassing on private property, and maliciously destroying property valued at less than $1,000, according to electronic court records.


Smith is being held without bond as of a Tuesday bail review.

According to the statement of charges, Smith was visiting a friend at Bishop’s Garth Apartments at about 6 p.m. when he got into an argument with the resident’s friends.

The resident told the Westminster Police Department she knew Smith as “BOO” and Raheem but did not know his last name, according to the statement. She identified him by showing police a picture of him in the Carroll County Times, according to the statement.

The resident asked Smith to leave her home, but he returned an hour later asking to be let back in and she refused, according to the statement.

The resident, her 3-year-old son, and two friends left the apartment at about 9:15 p.m. and entered the resident’s vehicle in the parking lot, according to the statement.

Smith appeared and began arguing with the person seated in the rear passenger side, according to the statement. The driver “began slowly backing her vehicle out of the parking space to avoid any further altercations with ‘BOO,’” according to the statement.

“He’s got a gun,” one of vehicle’s occupants yelled as they drove toward Charles Street, according to the statement. One person reported seeing Smith “pull a small, black handgun out of his ‘fanny pack,’” according to the statement.

The driver looked in one of her side mirrors and saw Smith “running behind her while pointing a small black handgun at her vehicle,” according to the statement. Her son was in a car seat in the back, according to the statement. The driver said Smith’s actions made her “fear for her 3-year-old son’s life, safety, and well-being,” according to the statement.

The vehicle sped away and the driver called the police, according to the statement.

The driver met with Westminster Police at 10:34 p.m. and showed the officer approximately $500 worth of “dents/scratches” Smith left by “punching and kicking her vehicle when she was attempting to leave the parking lot area,” according to the statement.

Police later found a notice issued by the apartment complex banning Smith from trespassing on the property “indefinitely,” according to the statement. The trespass notice was served on March 13, according to the statement. Police also learned May 31 from the Maryland Gun Center that Smith is prohibited from buying, selling, or possessing firearms or ammunition due to a second degree assault conviction on March 15, according to the statement.

One day after the incident, Smith allegedly threatened two of the victims in the area of a business in the 200 block of East Green Street, according to the statement, allegedly telling them “you need to recant your statement or I will be coming after you,” and “if there is a warrant for my arrest I’m gonna see whose names are on the statement and I will kill them.”

No attorney was listed for Smith in court records.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 3.