Greenbelt man charged with rapeA 26-year-old Greenbelt...


Greenbelt man charged with rape

A 26-year-old Greenbelt man has been charged with raping a 17-year-old girl he met at a party in Columbia, Howard County police said.

James A. Page Jr. of the 9000 block of Spring Hill Lake in Greenbelt, has been charged with first-degree rape, assault and battery and sex offenses, police said.

He's being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

According to police, the teen-ager met Mr. Page at a party in Columbia early last Wednesday morning and then left with him. Mr. Page allegedly told her he'd drive her home, but instead drove to a dirt area near Route 29 and Owen Brown Road.

The man made sexual advances at the teen-ager, but she became frightened and ran, police said.

After catching her and forcing her back into his car, Mr. Page drove to a business park nearby on Patuxent Woods Drive, where he allegedly raped her, police said.

Mr. Page threatened to kill the girl if she didn't cooperate, police said.

The suspect later fell asleep, and the partially clad teen-ager ran to a friend's house and called police at about 5 a.m.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Mr. Page lying naked on the front seat of the car and arrested him, police said.

3 men, youth cited for weapons violations

Howard County police have charged three men and a 16-year-old for possession of weapons, including a loaded assault rifle, outside the WaWa store in Hickory Ridge in Columbia.

Robert Thibido, 18, of the 8200 block of Mossy Stone Court in Laurel; Gary Bruce, 19, of the 8100 block of Meade Circle in Severn and the unidentified 16-year-old have been charged with weapons violations.

Thibido is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center, and Bruce is being held in lieu of $2,500 bond, police said.

The 16-year-old, whose name wasn't released because of his age, was released into his parents' custody, police said.

Another man, Ronald L. Stansbury Jr., 18, of the 1900 block of Arwell Court in Severn was charged with possession of a concealed deadly weapon, a bayonet, police said. He's being held in lieu of $1,000 bond.

Shortly before midnight Sunday, police responded to the convenience store after receiving a report of a man carrying a shotgun.

When police arrived at the store, at 10750 Hickory Ridge Road, they observed a man running around the side of the store with a shotgun, police said.

The man tried to flee the parking lot in a car but was stopped, police said. Inside the car, police found a loaded assault rifle and a baseball bat. A shotgun was recovered from bushes behind the store, police said. Police said it was unclear what the men were doing with the guns or why they were at the store.

Police said Thibido was the driver and that Bruce and the 16-year-old were passengers.

Stansbury, who was not in the car, was arrested after he approached the officers and they found the bayonet, police said.

Man robs bank on Scaggsville Road

Howard County police are searching for a robber who stole an undisclosed amount of money from a bank in Fulton.

Police said at about 3:40 p.m. last Wednesday, the man entered the First American Bank in the Cherry Tree Center on Scaggsville Road.

Wearing gauze bandages around his head and hands, he approached a bank teller and handed her a note, police said.

He implied he had a handgun and demanded money from the teller. He threatened to kill everyone inside if they didn't obey his orders, police said.

They complied and he fled with the money, police said. He was last seen running south on Route 216.

There were no injuries.

Boy, 13, on bike and police car collide

A 13-year-old Ellicott City boy was hospitalized Tuesday after slamming into a mobile police cruiser on a road near West Friendship, Howard County police said.

Gregory Weber, who will be a freshman at Glenelg High School next month, was being treated at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, where he was flown by state police helicopter, police said. The extent of his injuries was not immediately available from hospital officials.

The accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday when Gregory, of the 13000 block of Triadelphia Road, pedaled his 10-speed bicycle from a private driveway and into the police car, which was eastbound in the 3500 block of Rosemary Lane.

Patrolman Robert Jones, a 21-year-veteran, was on routine patrol and not responding to a call. He was uninjured.

Police said it appeared Gregory was at fault and he was not wearing a helmet. The police cruiser wasn't speeding.

An investigation continues.

Baltimore man charged with robbery

Howard County police have charged a 28-year-old Baltimore man in connection with a robbery earlier this month at a Rite-Aid store on Baltimore National Pike.

Kevin Anthony Jones, of the 3100 block of Oakford Ave., has been charged with robbery, assault with intent to rob and theft, police said.

He's being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Jones was arrested at his parole officer's office Tuesday afternoon, police said. Authorities knew he was scheduled to see his parole officer and waited for him. Jones has been convicted on drug charges, assault, a weapons violation and theft.

Police said they believe Jones is the robber who stole an undisclosed amount of money from the store in the 8500 block of U.S. 40 on Aug. 8.

The man purchased a pack of cigarettes, police said. He began smoking one in the store when the manager approached him and asked to extinguish it, police said.

The man told the manager he had a gun and followed him to the office, where he forced the manager to open a safe, police said. The robber fled after getting an undisclosed amount of money.

The robber didn't display a weapon, but implied he had one, police said.

No one was injured during the robbery, police said.

Police said latent fingerprints found in the store linked Jones to the robbery.

Columbia man admits robbing an apartment

A 20-year-old Columbia man has confessed to committing a burglary in an apartment complex that has been the target of several break-ins, Howard County police said.

Meanwhile, police said they're conducting an investigation to determine if he's connected to another string of burglaries in Columbia.

On Tuesday, Sean Allen Hart, of the 4900 block of Columbia Road, was charged with the Aug. 1 burglary and theft of computer equipment from the Bluffs Apartments, police said. The apartment complex is in his neighborhood.

He and a friend, Glenwood D. Brogden, 24, of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road, were arrested Tuesday after officers observed them sitting in a stolen 1984 Chevrolet Chevette on the Bluffs Apartment parking lot, police said.

The Chevette had been reported stolen in June from the 5000 block of Columbia Road, which is nearby, police said.

Mr. Hart's roommate, Irvin Nash, 24, was also charged with auto theft.

While in police custody, Mr. Hart confessed to the Aug. 1 burglary at the Bluffs Apartments, police said.

In June and July, 40 break-ins were reported in the Columbia area, police said.

Electronic equipment, cash and checks were among the items stolen, police said.

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