Two men arrested on handgun chargesWESTMINSTER --...


Two men arrested on handgun charges

WESTMINSTER -- Two Baltimore men were charged with handgun violations and a 14-year-old Westminster youth is facing assault charges after an altercation erupted between the youth and one of the men, who was involved with the boy's mother, police said.

Objecting to the relationship between his mother and Bryan Bowen, 20, and vowing to kill them both around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the youth fled his apartment on Sullivan Avenue to a nearby relative's home, where he grabbed several large kitchen knives, police reported.

As the 14-year-old ran from his house, he was followed by Darrin Johnson, 28, a friend of Mr. Bowen's from Catonsville.

Police said Mr. Johnson hit one of the boy's relatives during a disagreement in which he also displayed a small revolver he was carrying.

Returning to his own apartment, the 14-year-old, with a knife in each hand, pushed his mother away from Mr. Bowen, threw a knife at him, and missed.

Attempts by family members to control the youth were useless as he pulled away from them and chased Mr. Bowen from the apartment in an attempt to stab him.

When Mr. Johnson tried to take one of the knives, he was cut on the hand. At this point, Mr. Bowen pulled a gun from his pocket, police said.

The juvenile's father came upon the scene and was able to get the two knives from his son while Mr. Bowen and Mr. Johnson fled in a pickup truck.

Police found the truck a short time later and charged Mr. Bowen with a handgun violation and theft of a handgun. He was held in $15,000 bail.

Mr. Johnson was charged with a handgun violation, assault and breaking and entering and held in $30,000 bail.

The juvenile was charged with two counts of assault, battery and other related charges and released in the custody of his step-grandfather.

Damp grass leads to suspect's arrest

Footprints in dew-laden grass led to the arrest of a Finksburg man wanted on burglary charges, police said.

Edward Paul Henderson 3rd, 18, of the 2000 block of Baltimore Blvd., was charged Saturday with burglary, destruction of property and giving a false statement to police.

Police were called to investigate a prowler at a home in the 2000 block of Old Westminster Pike around 1:40 a.m. and were told the intruder had tried to force open a kitchen door.

While Tfc. David Brauning was taking information about the crime, police were sent to investigate a break-in at a house in the 1900 block.

Using the weather to their advantage, police followed footprints from the burglaries to the Finksburg home of Mr. Henderson and made the arrest, police said.

They said additional evidence was found at the house and that Mr. Henderson was being held in $5,000 bond.

Man accused of rape released on bail

A 19-year-old Baltimore County man charged with rape and related offenses was released on $5,000 bail after having been held without bail since his arrest early Monday morning.

Ronald Elliott Simms 2nd was charged with the rape of a Westminster woman, the mother of a 4-month-old boy, who reported the assault to local police.

Court records said the victim, a female friend and Mr. Simms were sitting on the victim's porch late Sunday evening when Mr. Simms was asked to repair a broken VCR in the house. The female friend left, leaving the victim and Mr. Simms in the home, where he repaired the machine.

The woman told investigators that Mr. Simms began kissing and fondling her, eventually sexually assaulting and raping her.

Mr. Simms was staying at a house in the same block as the victim at the time of the alleged attack.

Woman reports rape by men offering ride

An Emmitsburg woman reported that two men who offered her a ride to Washington instead took her to a house in Mount Airy where they raped her around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Maryland State Police said.

The 22-year-old woman told authorities she was at the Crown gasoline station on 6th street in Frederick attempting to arrange a ride to D.C. when the men, driving a blue and white Ford pickup truck, approached and offered to take her to Washington.

She said they drove her to a house in the 1100 block of Main St., where both men raped and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Following the assault, she told investigators, she was able to escape the house and flagged down a passing motorist who drove her to the Mount Airy state police office.

Police have questioned the two men who offered the woman a ride and are attempting to locate the driver of a small red pickup truck who gave the victim a ride to police. He is identified as a white male, about 35 years old, with dark hair.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Tfc. Mike Vanek of Cpl. Wayne Moffatt at the Westminster barracks, (410) 848-3111.

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