Gywnn Oak man held without bond on Westminster assault, home invasion charges

Gywnn Oak man held without bond on Westminster assault, home invasion charges
Raheem Ali Smith

A Gwynn Oak man is being held without bail after being charged with assault, robbery and home invasion in connection with two separate incidents in Westminster in late 2018.

Raheem Ali Smith, 18, of the 1700 block of Langford Road, is charged with one count of second-degree assault in connection with a Nov. 24 incident, and one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, robbery, home invasion, first-degree burglary and theft of a value between $100 and $1,500 in connection with another incident on Christmas Day, according to electronic court records.


According to charging documents, Smith allegedly displayed what appeared to be a hand gun and threatened to shoot a woman on Nov. 24, while the woman was leaving a home on the 100 block of South Center Street in Westminster.

Smith allegedly tackled the woman, but she was able to escape and later call the police about the incident, according to charging documents.

Westminster Police responded to the same residence on Center Street on Nov. 30 for an unrelated call and observed a man who fit the woman’s description of the man who assaulted her on Nov. 24 — “dark skinned black male, early 20s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches with ‘short, dreadlock’ style hair” and going by the nickname “Boo” — and what appeared to be black handgun visible in a box, but which turned out to be a BB gun, according to charging documents.

Police confiscated the BB gun on Nov. 30, but did not arrest the man matching the woman’s description, who was later identified as Smith, according to charging documents and electronic court records.

On Dec. 25, Westminster police responded to a home in the unit block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster around 3:41 p.m. for a report of an assault.

A man living at the home told police that he had entered the home to find a black male with short dreadlocks known to the man as “Boo” and a second male — white, with a goatee — standing in his home, according to charging documents.

The man told police that he had previously told Boo, later identified as Smith, that he could not come to that home anymore due to Boo’s alleged desire to “engage in CDS,” that is, drug “activity,” and told the two men so when encountering them, according to charging documents.

Smith allegedly grabbed a baseball bat from the man’s floor and struck him behind the left knee, according to charging documents.

A struggle ensued, wherein the man was able to wrest the bat from Smith’s hands, but Smith began to choke the man, who in turn was able to slide out of Smith’s grasp with the help of the staircase, according to charging documents. Smith then kicked him down the stairs and the man hit his head on the front door, before fleeing to his vehicle and calling police, according to charging documents.

Police observed that the man had injuries and that there were blood stains on the door to the home, according to charging documents.

The man also told police that his work-issued cellphone was missing, according to charging documents.

Police prepared a photo array of possible subjects and the man picked Smith out of the array on Dec. 27.

An arrest warrant for Smith in connection to the Nov. 24 incident was issued Dec. 11, and a warrant of the Dec. 25 incident was issued on Jan. 4, but both warrants were served on Friday, Jan. 11. Smith was arrested and, after a bail review, held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center, per electronic court records.

Smith has a preliminary hearing for the home invasion charges stemming from the Dec. 25 incident scheduled for Feb. 8, while a hearing for the Nov. 24 assault charge is scheduled for March 1, according to electronic court records, both in Carroll County District Court.