Teen arrested for using vacant Ellicott City apartment as 'party house'

An Ellicott City teen was charged with burglary, possession of marijuana and other charges on Tuesday for using a vacant Ellicott City apartment as a "party house," according to Howard County Police.

Malique Kahien Smith, 19, of 3000 Oak Green Court, faces two counts of burglary, two counts of malicious destruction and one count of marijuana possession.


Police said they were notified on the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 27, by the property manager of the newly opened Orchard Meadows Apartments, located in the 3400 block of Sonia Trail, that someone was using a new apartment as a party house.

The manager said the apartment, which was available for lease, was "trashed," and that there were empty alcohol bottles, food and tobacco products found inside the apartment.

Police investigating the incident also found remnants of marijuana inside the apartment.

The manager also reported the new carpet was badly stained, and that there were stains on the appliances, police said. The manager estimated it would cost $5,000 to fix all the damages.

Police said the party-goers smashed a window near a side door to gain entry to the building, and entered the vacant apartment, which was unlocked.

At around 7 p.m., following the initial investigation, two officers hid in one of the bedrooms of the apartment, hoping that the intruder would return to collect remaining alcohol and food left in the refrigerator, according to the charging documents.

After waiting 25 minutes, Smith walked through the apartment door, and was arrested by police. Police said the officers found an unopened bottle of Kentucky Gentleman whiskey on Smith, the same brand found in the apartment by the property manager earlier that day.