MURDER TRY: Northeastern District -- Police today were seeking an escapee from the state Division of Correction pre-release center on Greenmount Avenue in connection with the attempted murder of a man in a house in the 3300 block of E. Lake Ave. Police said Alan Burch, 22, of that block, was in another house on the block yesterday when he became involved in a fight with Donald Thomas, 29, a resident of the pre-release center in the 900 block of Greenmount Ave. Police said that during the fight, Burch was stabbed in the jaw with a knife and the blade broke off inside his mouth. Police said Thomas escaped and Burch was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition today. In addition to attempted murder, attempted maiming and a deadly weapon charge, police said, Thomas also was charged with escaping from the center where he was serving a term for arson and attempted murder. The date of Thomas' escape was not immediately known.
THEFT: Central District -- Piter Van Deursen, of the 2100 block of Bolton St., reported that someone stole his $800 multispeed bike Tuesday evening after he left it outside his home.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Angela Parker, of the 1100 block of Mosher St., reported she was in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Ave. Tuesday evening when a man came up behind her and stole her purse, which contained cash and property valued at more than $400.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Monte Ingram, 37, of the 400 block of Watty Court, told police he was assaulted late Tuesday night near his home by a woman with a knife who robbed him of property valued at $70.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Police reported that Keith Kerman, of the 700 block of Cathedral St., was in the 300 block of N. Charles St. early yesterday when two men, one with a handgun, robbed him of more than $150.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Eli Velder, of the 2100 block of Sulgrave Ave., reported he was robbed of nearly $100 by two men, one with a handgun, as he walked in the first block of E. Madison St. around 1 a.m. yesterday.
BURGLARY: Central District -- Employees of George's One Hour Martinizing, a dry cleaners in the 100 block of N. Howard St., reported that someone broke into the business through a window early yesterday and stole property valued at more than $1,400.
ROBBERY: Central District -- William Johnson, of the 1200 block of Etting St., reported he was in the 1600 block of Druid Hill Ave. early yesterday when he was robbed of $40 by a man with a handgun.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Michelle Boyer, of the 1600 block of N. Calvert St., told police she was walking in the 1200 block of Maryland Ave. shortly after 5 a.m. yesterday when a man with a knife shoved her into the stairwell of a building and robbed her of $5. Boyer told police the man who robbed her was the same person who engaged her in conversation while she watched firefighters battle a one-alarm fire at a pizza shop in the 1300 block of N. Charles St. several minutes earlier.
BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 800 block of George St. reported that someone entered her home between June 1 and yesterday and stole an oil painting valued at $2,000. The occupant told police the property was stolen after she was forced to move out of her home because of a fire June 1.
KNOCK & ROB: Central District -- Clifford Jones, of the 1000 block of N. Calvert St., told police that upon answering a knock at his door yesterday afternoon, he was attacked by a man who forced him back inside his house and robbed him of property valued at nearly $400.
BURGLARY: Central District -- A resident of the 2300 block of Linden Ave. reported that someone broke into his basement apartment yesterday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. while he was out and stole a 19-inch TV valued at $300.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Mattie Boston, of the 1000 block of W. Fayette St., reported she was walking near her home when a man attacked her from behind, knocked her to the ground and stole her purse, containing cash and property of undetermined value.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Lawrence McNeil, of the 3800 block of Harlem Ave., reported he was in the 2700 block of W. Franklin St. when he was forced into a car by a man and two women who robbed him at gunpoint of a small sum of money before he was freed.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police reported that Walter Thomas, of the 700 block of N. Carrollton Ave., was in the 900 block of N. Mount St. when a man robbed him of nearly $200.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Officials of the New Bethel Apostolic Church in the 500 block of N. Carrollton Ave. reported that someone broke into the building over the weekend and stole several pieces of furniture, a telephone and other items, all valued at nearly $1,100.
BURGLARY: Western District -- A resident of the 2300 block of Reisterstown Road reported that someone broke into her home and stole stereo recording and receiving equipment valued at $600. Police said a resident of the 1400 block of W. Fayette St. who was seen leaving the house was being sought in connection with the burglary.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Police reported that someone broke into a house in the 1300 block of N. Calhoun St. Tuesday and stole a VCR valued at $100.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Police reported that property valued at nearly $200 was stolen from a dwelling in the 1500 block of E. 29th St. after someone entered through an unlocked door.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Elsie Gibson, of the 900 block of North Hill Road, reported that someone broke into her car while it was parked near her home and stole tools valued at $500.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 2900 block of Hillen Road reported that someone broke into her home yesterday through a bathroom window and stole a TV valued at nearly $300.
ROBBERY TRY: Cockeysville District -- Police today were seeking two men who attempted to rob the Hampton Inn in the 11200 block of York Road last night but were thwarted when the desk clerk struck the gun hand of one of the men, causing the weapon to discharge harmlessly. Police said Sidiki Sheku Kamara, 36, the clerk, was working in the lobby early yesterday when two men, one carrying a silver-colored revolver, entered and demanded money. Police said that when the man placed the gun to Kamara's head, the clerk struck his hand, the weapon discharged and the men fled without taking any money. Police said no injuries were reported and the pair apparently escaped in a car.
THEFT: White Marsh District -- Employees of the Perry Hall Cleaners in the 6700 block of Belair Road reported that a fellow worker removed several hundred dollars from a secured place in the building and also stole a purse belonging to an employee. Police said the theft was reported around 4 p.m. yesterday and that a warrant charging the suspect with grand theft was to be issued today.
DRUG ARRESTS: Edgewater -- Narcotics officers stopped a car near a hotel in the southern part of the county and arrested two men suspected of dealing in cocaine. Found in the car, police said, were 17 bags of suspected cocaine having a street value of nearly $900. Police said Hilton John Worrell, 20, of the 4100 block of Old Muddy Creek Road, Edgewater, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and that David Pyoas, 33, of the 3500 block of Cohasset Ave. in Annapolis, was charged with simple possession of cocaine. Police said the car, a Mercedes, also was seized as evidence.
THEFTS/ARRESTS: Pasadena -- Police investigating a series of thefts arrested two Northeast Senior High students and six others and charged all eight with theft and trespassing. Police said the thefts were reportedly part of a scavenger hunt and saw some 40 pieces of property stolen from in front of homes, businesses and public places. Police arrested the youths as they stood around two parked cars behind the school, on Duvall Highway. On the front lawn of the school, police recovered a row boat, a tombstone and other items. Those students charged as adults with theft and trespassing were Alston Andrews, 18, of the 7600 block of Turnbrook Drive, Glen Burnie; and Joshua Hall, 18, of the 1100 block of W. Hunter Court in Pasadena; Travis Isaac, 19, also of the 7600 block of Turnbrook Drive; Charles Eid, 18, of the 1000 block of Woodlawn Ave., Pasadena; and William Eid, 19, of the 7900 block of Royal Mint Place, Pasadena. It was not immediately known if the two Eids are related. Also charged were three juveniles whose names were withheld. Police said the juveniles were released into the custody of their parents.
BURGLARY: Crownsville -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 1100 block of Chinaberry Lane and stole money and personal items valued at nearly $800.
BURGLARY: Millersville -- Police said jewelry valued at nearly $1,000 was stolen from a home in the 900 block of Indian Landing Road after someone broke in through a window.
BURGLARY: Millersville -- A resident of the 8200 block of Brandon Drive told police that someone broke into his home and stole jewelry valued at more than $2,300.
THEFT/ARREST: Jessup -- Police arrested a Jessup man and charged him with the theft of a woman's purse as the victim walked to her car after shopping at a High's store in the 7900 block of Washington Blvd. Police said the woman, a 34-year-old Laurel resident whose name was not available, was walking to her car outside the store when a man came up behind her and stole her purse, then ran south on Washington Boulevard. Following a brief search, police arrested Tony Randolph Smith, 24, who lives on Washington Boulevard in Jessup, and charged him with theft. Later, Smith appeared before a District Court commissioner who released him on his own recognizance. Police said the purse was not recovered.
BURGLARY: Columbia -- A resident of the 6500 block of Waterloo Road reported that someone broke into his home through a rear window and stole a TV and a VCR of undetermined value.
MURDER TRY/ARREST: Westminster -- Police said a 24-year-old Detour man was being held in the county Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail after he was charged with attempting to kill his wife by causing her car to explode while she drove it to work last week. Police said John Paul Vincent, of the 7500 block of Middleburg Road, was arrested over the weekend based on evidence found in his home. They said the wife, Heidi Renee Vincent, 22, was driving to work Friday morning when she smelled a strong odor of gasoline. When she arrived at work, she asked co-workers to see if they could find where the odor was coming from. Looking under the hood, they found a burned rag and a fuel line that had been cut. After she told police about seeing her husband kneel down under her car (( before she drove to work, police went to the Vincent home and found similar rags and two knives with a black oil-like residue on the blades. Also found was a $50,000 life insurance policy benefiting the husband if the wife died and two legal separation agreements
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