A 17-year-old Philadelphia youth was released on his own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested on several charges, including nine counts of assault and battery, after Harford County sheriff's deputies said he forced his way into a party while the teen-age host's parents were away.
The suspect also was charged with a handgun violation and breaking and entering in the incident that occurred at 4:45 a.m. July 22 in the 1600 block of Prindle Drive in Bel Air. He is tTC accused of threatening several occupants of the house, including the 16-year-old daughter of the homeowner.
Sheriff's deputies reported that the suspect pushed his way past the girl after she answered his knock at the door.
Witnesses told the deputies that the suspect said he was looking for his girlfriend. They said he ran through the house screaming and waving what deputies believe was a .38 caliber snub-nosed revolver.
Deputies reported that the suspect grabbed one of the people in the home and pointed the gun at his head. They said that when the suspect realized that police had been called by the 16-year-old girl's aunt, who was in a bedroom upstairs, he left.
Deputies arrested the suspect nearby, but said they did not find a weapon. None of the victims required medical treatment, deputies said.
* ARMED ROBBERY: Fallston -- Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Shell Food Mart at U.S. 1 and Route 152 on July 22 at 12:50 a.m.
Witnesses told deputies that a pistol-wielding white male, 30 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, forced a clerk and a customer into a rear room before leaving with an undisclosed amount of money. Witnesses said the robber had blue eyes and wore wire rim glasses.
Anyone with information should call the Harford County Crime Solvers at (410) 877-STOP. Callers are eligible to earn up to a $1,000 reward. They need not give their names or appear in court.
* DRUG ARREST: Joppa -- A state trooper arrested two North Carolina residents Friday and charged them with possession of 12 pounds of suspected marijuana worth an estimated $50,000.
Marlon R. Lawe, 22, of High Point, N.C., and Shakeema R. Lipfond, 21, of Greensboro, N.C., were pulled over about 10 a.m. for speeding by Cpl. Paul Quill of the JFK barracks, said Cpl. Michael Gavel.
Because of "conflicting statements" between the two, Corporal Quill asked for permission to search the car, and the pair granted it, said Corporal Gavel. Behind the car's back seat, Corporal Quill found a compartment containing five packages of suspected marijuana, he said.
Mr. Lawe and Ms. Lipfond were both charged with possession of marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, said Corporal Gavel. They were awaiting a bail hearing before a district court commissioner.
* RAPE: Edgewood -- Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man wanted in a 1994 rape. The woman did not report the incident until March 28.
The victim told deputies that she was walking near Brookside Drive and Crimson Tree Way between 11 p.m. and midnight Sept. 18 when she was attacked.
The rapist was described as a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches and in his mid-20s to early 30s. He had shoulder-length blond hair and tattoos on his right hand.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Harford County Crime Solvers hot line at (410) 877-STOP.
* ROBBERY: Joppa -- A 19-year-old Edgewood man told authorities that he was robbed Wednesday night by a man who threatened to kill him if he didn't hand over his money, the sheriff's office reported.
David William Goldrich of the 700 block of Bayberry Road told deputies he was at the Magnolia Exxon about 9:45 p.m. when a man approached his car and threatened him. Mr. Goldrich turned over an undetermined amount of cash, and the man fled -- possibly in a maroon Nissan.