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THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

Baltimore City

ABDUCTION: Central District -- City police early today arrested a man they believe abducted a woman from the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Ave. and then drove her around the city for several hours before his car was seen around 4 a.m. today in the 2700 block of Westwood Ave. in West Baltimore. Before the arrest, police went to several locations, checking out addresses the man was known to frequent. Police said the woman entered the man's car around 2 a.m., believing he was a "hacker," an unlicensed taxi driver. The woman later told police that during the nearly two-hour drive through the city, the man threatened her with a handgun and attempted to rape her. Police said the man's 3-year-old daughter was in the car with him and that they believe the baby was used to convince women that it was safe to accept a ride with him. During the ride, the man took his daughter home. After she was freed, the woman was treated for minor injuries. Police said the suspect was being held at the station pending multiple charges, including attempted rape, abduction, and assault.

DOUBLE STABBING: Western District -- Police said two men were stabbed late Sunday night during an argument with a third man outside a carry-out restaurant in the 1600 block of W. North Ave. Police said that after John T. Byrd and Burley Beckett, both city residents, entered the store around 10 p.m., they became involved in an argument with a man. When the argument continued outside, police said, the man pulled out a sharp object and stabbed Mr. Byrd in the neck and left side and also stabbed Mr. Beckett. Police said the assailant, accompanied by a woman, fled the scene. Police said Mr. Byrd was taken to Liberty Medical Center, where he was treated and released. They said Mr. Beckett was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed today in serious condition.

ROBBERY: Western District -- A resident of Cliftwood Road reported that he hailed an unlicensed taxi cab late Saturday night and was offered transportation even though two male passengers were already in the vehicle. When he reached his destination in the 1200 block of W. North Ave. and was about to get out of the vehicle, known as a "hack," the three men assaulted him and robbed him of money and property.

BURGLARY: Western District -- Members of the Banderlero Motorcycle Club in the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave. reported that someone broke into the building over the weekend and stole property and equipment valued at nearly $3,800. Police said a side door had been pried open and that more than $1,000 in damage was done to the interior of the building.

BURGLARY: Western District -- Officials of the R&T; Development Corp. in the 2400 block of N. Charles St. reported that someone broke into a dwelling the firm owns in the 200 block of N. Fulton Ave. during the past week and stole property valued at nearly $2,000.

ROBBERY: Western District -- Police said two men, one armed with a handgun, accosted a man as he walked in the 2400 block of Druid Hill Ave. around noon yesterday and demanded his money. The victim told police the gunman and his accomplice escaped with more than $50 in cash.

ROBBERY: Northern District -- Two women walking in the 300 block of E. 31st St. early yesterday were robbed of their purses by two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun. Police said the women were walking together around 2 a.m. yesterday when they were stopped by the men who ordered them to give up their purses. Police said the gunman and his accomplice fled with cash and property, all valued at more than $70.

THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of Cedarcroft Road told police that a roommate moved out a few days ago and took his stereo system. Police said the property was valued at nearly $300.

ROBBERY TRY: Northern District -- Police today were seeking two men who attacked a Charles Village man while he walked in the alley behind the 2800 block of N. Calvert St. yesterday morning and demanded his money. Police said when the victim resisted and began to fight back, one of the assailants picked up a piece of wood with nails sticking out of it and struck the victim in the face and head. Police said both men then fled and that the victim was not seriously injured.

ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police said a woman was walking in the 5400 block of Govane Ave. around 11 a.m. yesterday when she was stopped by a man who placed a hard object in her back and demanded her money. Police said the victim turned over more than $100 in cash to the man, who fled.

THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of Baltimore County reported that while his 1985 Jeep was parked in the 5600 block of Cottonworth Road yesterday afternoon someone broke into the vehicle and stole stereo radio equipment valued at $300.

THEFT: Northern District -- Police said a student at Johns Hopkins University in the 3400 block of N. Charles St. reported that someone stole his 14-speed bike while it was locked and parked near a campus parking lot. Police said the bike was valued at more than $1,000.

ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police said a resident of northern Baltimore County reported she was walking in the 5800 block of York Road yesterday evening when a man on a bicycle rode by her and grabbed her purse, the force of which caused the woman to fall to the pavement. Police said the cyclist rode off with the purse, containing cash and property valued at more than $250.

Baltimore County

THEFTS: White Marsh District -- Police reported that someone broke into four cars last night in the 6100 block of Timberbrook Lane. Police said several pieces of property of unknown value were stolen.

Anne Arundel County

ROBBERY: Glen Burnie -- Police Sunday arrested a 30-year-old Glen Burnie man in connection with the assault and robbery of a customer at the Taco Bell restaurant in the 7400 block of Ritchie Highway. Police said a man entered the Taco Bell shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday and stole property of unknown value from a 19-year-old female customer after scuffling with the woman. Police said the woman, a resident of Normandy Drive in Glen Burnie, was taken by a member of her family to North Arundel Hospital for treatment. During an investigation of the assault and robbery, Officer A.G. Hein developed information about a suspect that led him to a dwelling in the 1600 block of Sunshine Ave. in Glen Burnie. There, Hein arrested Keith B. Howard, 30, after learning Mr. Howard had been charged in warrants with offenses unrelated to the robbery. Police said Mr. Howard's face bore lacerations and that he was taken to North Arundel Hospital for treatment. At the hospital, the customer identified Mr. Howard as the man who assaulted and robbed her. Following treatment at the hospital, Mr. Howard was taken to the Northern District and charged with robbery, theft, assault and battery.

ROBBERY: Severna Park -- Police reported a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun robbed a pizza shop in the Earleigh Heights Plaza last night. Police said a man wearing a green work-type jumpsuit and a green knit cap entered Garini's Pizza in the 100 block of Ritchie Highway shortly before 11 p.m. yesterday and ordered a 19-year-old employee to give him the contents of the cash register. During the robbery, the man kept the weapon pointed at the employee. After the employee placed an undisclosed sum of cash on the counter, the gunman grabbed the currency and ran out the front door.

HIT & RUN: Pasadena -- Police today continued their search for a vehicle that struck a 41-year-old Pasadena man last night as he walked along Mountain Road near Catherine Avenue. Police said the pedestrian, Charles Foster Kampe Jr., of the 7800 block of Catherine Ave., was walking west on the shoulder of Mountain Road around 7:15 p.m. when he was hit by a westbound car that witnesses said had just pulled away from a nearby Exxon station. Police said the vehicle failed to stop and that witnesses were unable to get its license number. Police said Mr. Kampe was taken by a county fire department ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed today in serious condition.

BURGLARY: Glen Burnie -- Police reported that someone broke into a liquor store in the 7100 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. and stole 30 cartons of cigarettes and other items.

BURGLARY: Linthicum -- A resident of the 300 block of Ardmore Road reported that someone forcibly entered his garage and stole nearly $1,200 worth of ski equipment. Police said entry was gained by forcing a side door.

Carroll County

ESCAPEES CAUGHT: Westminster -- Two 16-year-old boys who escaped last week from the Cedar Ridge Children's Home and School near Hagerstown were arrested at the 140 Village Shopping Center and returned to the facility. Police said they stole a van from the lot of a Chevrolet dealership in Hagerstown. After abandoning the van on the parking lot of a church, the two drifted around Westminster until police received information about them and arrested them without incident. Following their arrests, the boy were transferred to the more secure Boys Village of Maryland at Cheltenham in Prince George's County.

Harford County

RAPE: Edgewood -- Police last week arrested a 19-year-old Bel Air man and charged him with the rape last Thursday of an Edgewood woman. Police said the victim reported the incident shortly after the man left her home and gave them the man's name, his description and information about his car. Police went to a home in the 800 block of Cashew Court and arrested Thomas A. Best and charged him with rape. Following charges, police said Best was remanded to the county Detention Center without bond pending an arraignment before a District Court in March.

ROBBERY: Churchville -- Police said the purse of a woman shopping at Michael's Food Market in the 2400 block of Churchville Road was stolen when she left her purse in an unattended shopping cart. Police said the purse contained cash, identification cards, a checkbook and at least one credit card. Police said total value of the property was more than $800.

Howard County

BURGLARY: Laurel -- Police said a 12-gauge shotgun, two .22-caliber handguns and two rifles were stolen from a dwelling in the 8800 block of Bluebird Terrace after someone gained entry by prying open a basement screen window. Also taken was cash and telephones. Police said the weapons were stored in one room and that the total value of the property was not immediately known.

DRUG ARRESTS: Jessup -- After stopping a car on U.S. 1 near Montevideo Road for a minor traffic violation, police gained permission from the driver to search the car and found a quart of parsley flakes soaked in the hallucinogen PCP. Police said the traffic stop occurred late last week. Arrested and charged with possession of PCP with intent to distribute were Eric Johnson Ferguson, 22, of the 8300 block of Linda Court in Savage; Keith Howard Christensen, 23, of the 8300 block of Grove Road in Ellicott City; Steven Keith Hollingsworth, 24, of the 8200 block of Lark Brown Road in Elkridge; and Richard Fred Burton, 21, whose Baltimore address was not immediately available.

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