Two people were held up over the weekend and had their car keys stolen at gunpoint, a crime known as "carjacking," a police spokesman said.
In one of the cases, reported Saturday in the 9500 block of SeaShadow in Columbia, the gunman rode off with a white 1985 BMW.
In the other incident, on Friday in the 8600 block of Town and Country Boulevard in Ellicott City, a gunman was thwarted when a 50-year-old man and his son, 19, fought back and scared the man off, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.
"We're still checking to see if the two incidents are in fact related, but there are similarities," Gardner said. "It's rare in this county to see two incidents of carjacking. It doesn't happen much here."
Friday's incident occurred at 7:35 p.m. as the victim was walking toward his home from a parking lot, Gardner said. The gunman approached him from behind, asked for directions, thenplaced a "hard object believed to be a gun" to his back, police said.
The man asked the victim to turn over his car keys to his 1990 Nissan, but the man refused and a scuffle ensued. Police said the man's son saw the altercation from a window and ran out to help his father.
The stranger gave up his struggle for the keys and ran in the direction of U.S. 40, police said.
The next day, at 6:20 p.m., a man of similar description approached a 38-year-old female on Sea Shadow and pulled out a silver handgun, police said. He took her purse andcar keys, then gave her the purse back and drove off with her car.
PIZZA DELIVERYMAN ROBBED BY TWO MEN
Two men robbed a Pizz-A-Boli's deliveryman of several hundred
dollars in cash late Saturday nightafter one of the men pointed a gun at his head, county police said.
The victim drove his car into a parking lot in the 5300 block of Brook Way, where he was making a delivery shortly before midnight, andwas approached by the two men, police said.
Police said the victim was seated in his car when one of the men opened the door and demanded cash. The robber showed a large handgun, which he cocked and pointed at the side of the driver's head, police said.
The deliveryman, a 32-year-old Baltimore County resident, handed over the cash and the men fled toward Columbia Road, police said.
COLUMBIA MAN, 26, IS STABBED IN BACK
A 26-year-old Columbia man was stabbed in the back Sunday after an argument with several men outside his apartment, county police said.
Roberto Guerra, of the 5200 block of Brook Way, was stabbed once at 5:50 a.m. after he was attacked on a stairway in his apartment building, police said.
Police said Guerra had recentlybeen in an argument several hours earlier with two or three men who he refused to allow into a party at his home.
Guerra was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated and released.
PAINT FUMES IGNITE, BURNING WOMAN
A Columbia woman suffered burns to her hands and feet Monday afternoon as she tried to put out a fire that began when paint fumes ignited, county firefighters said.
Mary Walker, 40, of the 5000 block of Blacksmith Drive, was treated yesterday at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center burn unitfor second-degree burns.
Firefighters said Walker was refinishingfurniture in the kitchen of the home when the fumes caught fire. Theblaze spread to the walls of the house, and smoke and water damaged all rooms of the single-family home, causing $50,000 damage, firefighters said.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
6600 block of Seneca Drive: Several saws, a drill and a socket set were reported stolen at 8:15 a.m. Saturday from a shed thatwas entered after someone removed a padlock.
6700 block of Bushranger Path: Power tools were reported stolen at 12:30 a.m. Monday froman open garage.
8800 block of Blade Green Lane: A 1987 Nissan 300ZX automobile was reported stolen at 1:15 p.m. Sunday from a residential area.
6900 block of Garland Lane: Someone attempted to steal a 1988 Ford Aerostar van sometime before 6 a.m. Saturday, but was unsuccessful.
7000 block of Copperwood Way: A vacuum cleaner was reported stolen at 8 p.m. Sunday from the basement of a home. A basement window was found smashed.
8800 block of Tamar Drive: Someone entered a home sometime before 10:15 a.m. Friday by breaking a rear window.
9500 block of Guilford Road: A clock, lamp, and several lounge chairs were reported stolen at 7:30 a.m. Monday from the showroom trailer of Patriot Homes Inc.
10400 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: A facsimile machine was reported stolen at 1:30 p.m. Friday from Ahmanson Development Inc.
6700 block of Goshen Hunt Road: A furnace was reported stolen at 7 a.m. Monday from a house under construction.
5800 block of Whisper Way: Stereo equipment was reported stolen at 11 p.m. Friday from a residential area.
6500 block of Ducketts Lane: A 1991 Honda motorcycle was reported stolen at 3 p.m. Monday from a residential area.