Children beaten, robbed of their Halloween candy


Besides trick or treaters, Halloween brought out hoodlums in Anne Arundel County Monday night, as at least five children reported they were either assaulted or robbed by teen-agers bent on getting their candy, county police said yesterday.

A 12-year-old Pasadena boy was stabbed in the hand and a 15-year-old Severn youth received cuts from a beating in the most serious incidents, but neither boy was injured seriously enough to require hospitalization, police said.

The Pasadena youth was trick or treating with some friends in the 7700 block of William St. around 7:30 p.m. when a group of about 15 older teen-agers surrounded them. In the ensuing struggle for the trick-or-treat candy, the victim was stabbed in the hand with what may have been a pocket knife, police said.

The Severn boy was walking on Falcon Court around 6:30 p.m. when three older youths attacked him and took his candy, breaking his glasses and leaving him with cuts and bruises.

In addition to assaults and robberies, Randy Bell, a department spokesman, said police recorded 157 acts of destruction of property and disorderly conduct from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday and Monday.

In the other incidents:

* A 15-year-old Severn girl told police that she was trick or treating on Elmhurst Road near Maple Leaf Drive shortly before 9 p.m. when a truck pulled up beside her, and a man in the passenger seat reached out and grabbed her bag of candy.

* A 12-year-old Millersville girl told police that three boys at Chalet and Ahearn drives grabbed her, kneed and punched her in the ribs as they tried to steal her candy about 7 p.m. They ran away empty-handed, however, police said.

* A 14-year-old Pasadena boy lost his glasses when a group of older teen-agers grabbed his candy bag as he walked on Mansion House Crossing about 9:30 p.m.

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