Westminster youth, 13, held in assault on boy, 11 CENTRAL * Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


A 13-year-old Westminster boy was being held at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School after he allegedly struck an 11-year-old boy, took his cap, wallet and backpack and ignited hair spray to use as a torch on Monday.

The older boy was charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count each of theft and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

Police said the victim, who suffers from asthma, was standing in front of the library on East Main Street talking to a friend when the 13-year-old and a companion struck him in the chest.

The blow apparently caused an asthma attack, and the older boy took his Dallas Cowboys cap and wallet.

Finding no money, the assailant threw the wallet back at the victim and then struck him on the left shoulder and removed his backpack, taking candy from it.

Police said the victim's arms were pinned behind his back while a gun -- believed to be a toy -- was pointed at his back. The assailants used a cigarette lighter to ignite hair spray, aiming it like a torch toward the boy's chest. The assailants then fled, and the 13-year-old was arrested Monday evening. Charges are pending against the second boy, police said.

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