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For the second time in a week, administrators at Swansfield Elementary School in Columbia have sent written notices home with students, informing parents of a possible child abduction attempt on Monday near the school.

Police say the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Howard County General Hospital, when two white male teen-agers chased two students as they were walking away from the nearby school, said police spokesman Gary L. Gardner.

Gardner stressed that investigators do not believe the incident is related to another that was reported last week.

On Thursday, another possible attempted abduction was reported near the intersection of Little Patuxent Parkway and Green Meadow Drive. In that incident, a black male carrying a blanket ran toward a 3-year-old child, then fled when the child's mother screamed for help.

"This in no way is associated with the other case," Gardner said. As a precaution, however, the school sent out notices after school yesterday to inform parents of the latest incident, a school representative said.

In the latest incident, the teen-agers began shouting at the pupils from a car, then suddenly got out and began chasing them, Gardner said. Police say one of the pupils is 10 years old. The age of the other child was not available.

Gardner said it is not known whether the teen-agers, one of whom had dark straight hair and the other blond hair in a "punk-style," were attempting to abduct the children. The school was immediately notified about the incident, Gardner said.


A Domino's Pizza deliveryman was assaulted and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash Saturday when a gunman accosted him in the Long Reach Village Center, the same spot where another delivery man was shot in 1989, county police said.

Police say the victim was returning to the Domino's store at 11 p.m.

after making a delivery when a man armed with a handgun told him to lie on the ground. The gunman then took his money and kicked him in the face and head, police said.

The gunman, described as a heavy-set bearded black male in his 20s, then ran from the village center with another black male who apparently stood as a lookout, police said. The victim, a Columbia man, refused medical treatment at the scene.

In July 1989, a 21-year-old Domino's delivery man was shot in the stomach by a hold-up man. The man survived and the gunman was later caught and convicted.

The village center, in the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court, was also the site of another shooting in January, when a Loomis Armored car guard was killed while making a delivery to the Signet Bank branch there.


A bicyclist suffered serious injuries Saturday after he collided with a car in the southbound lane of U.S. 29 in Ellicott City, county police and rescue workers said.

Bernard Loft, 49, for whom police had no address, was crossing the roadway on his bicycle when he collided with a car driven by James Neal, 50, of Columbia, police said. The accident happened at 5 p.m., just south of U.S. 40.

Loft suffered internal injuries but appeared to have been spared serious head injury by the bicycle helmet he was wearing, said Donald R. Howell, a county rescue services spokesman.


County police arrested a Columbia man Friday for the alleged rape this summer of his 15-year-old niece, a police spokesman said.

Mark Behning, 29, of the 11000 block Blue February Way, was charged with second-degree rape, a fourth-degree sexual offense and battery. The assault took place June 19 at his home, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.

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