Eight men and three juveniles seen running from an apartment building after a reported fight were charged Sunday with burglary, assault and related counts, Westminster police said.
Officers said they received a call to an apartment in the first block of Sullivan Avenue about 12:10 a.m. and found Bruce W. Cone with a 2-inch laceration on his forehead. Mr. Conetold Cpl. Michael Gromley that he was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher and beaten by a group of men in the hallway when he attempted to stop a fight. He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released after treatment.
Police returned to the building about an hour later after receiving another call of a possible fight at the building. Officers said that when they arrived they saw males running toward their cars in the rear parking lot.
Corporal Gromley said he blocked the exit with his patrol car and ordered all the occupants out of their vehicles. Officers questioned the men and returned inside the building and found the metal door to one apartment destroyed.
The occupant, Jeffery Wonder, told police he was preparing for bed when he heard the banging on the door and locked himself in the bedroom closet. Officers arrived a short time later, and the men apparently fled when they heard the sirens.
Police arrested Robert Carr, 18, who gave officers no fixed address; Steven Lewis, 19, first block of Union Street; Larry Rideout, 43, 700 block of Old Westminster Pike; Michael Corprew, 20, 2800 block of Diamond Ridge Road, Woodlawn; and Steven Shorter, 18, 100 block of West Main Street.
Also arrested were Shane Weiss, 20, 100 block of W. Main St.; William Clinton, 26, of Baltimore; and Joseph Pratt, 18, first block of Brookebury Drive, Reisterstown, who gave police the name Antoine Holt when he was arrested.
All eight were charged with two counts of burglary and one count each of malicious destruction of property, harassment and assault. Mr. Corprow, Mr. Shorter, Mr. Pratt and Mr. Weiss were also charged with three counts involving deadly weapons, and Mr. Clinton also was charged with giving a false statement to police.
Mr. Clinton, Mr. Corprow, Mr. Shorter, Mr. Pratt and Mr. Weiss were held on $25,000 bond. Mr. Carr's bond was set at $15,000 and Mr. Lewis' bond was set at $10,000. The three juveniles will be charged in juvenile court, police said.
* Westminster: A resident of Church Street reported that someone broke into the shed at the rear of her home Friday. She put the damage at $5.
A Stacy Lee Drive resident told police that sliding doors at her home were damaged by someone who apparently tried to gain entry Thursday. She estimated the damage at $200.
A Running Brook Road resident reported to state police that someone broke into her auto while it was parked near her house Thursday and stole a video camera, purse and ATM card. She estimated the loss and damage at $1,310.
Police said a Fallston resident reported that someone damaged the windshield wipers and antenna of his auto while it was parked at Western Maryland College on Wednesday. He estimated the damage at $30.
A resident of Johahn Drive told police that vandals tampered with his auto while it was parked near his home Wednesday and loosened engine parts, which caused the vehicle not to start.
* Westminster: Westminster and Reese firefighters were dispatched to a chimney fire on Allen Way at 6:46 p.m. Friday.