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Possible link between robberies is investigated


Howard County police are investigating whether two robberies of teens on Long Reach village bike paths over the weekend are related, including one in which the victim said he was struck and left unconscious for two hours.

None of the victims in either robbery reported serious injuries.

The first robbery happened about 6:30 p.m. Saturday on a bike path behind the Lazy Hollow Apartments near the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court. A 17-year-old told police he was walking along the path when someone hit him on the head from behind, knocking him to the ground.

A robber demanded money from him, struck him several more times and then took $2 from his pocket. The victim told police he lay unconscious there until a person passing on a bike woke him up about two hours later.

He then walked home. The teen did not see his attacker, police said.

In the second incident, three boys, all 13, were walking on a bike path tunnel under Tamar Drive near the Long Reach Village Center when they were approached by two other males who demanded their money, police said.

The robbers took one teen's watch, police said.

One of the robbers was described as a 16-year-old black male wearing a knee-length black jacket, dark jeans and tan work boots. The other, also described as a 16-year-old black male, wore dark sweat pants, a dark, hooded sweat shirt, a black jacket and tan work boots, police said.

Costumed children plan visit to senior day care center

Seniors at Deerfield of Columbia senior day care center on Dobbin Road will get a Halloween treat today when costumed children visit their center.

The center opened in March to provide transportation, social activities and other services for the elderly in Howard, Prince George's and Baltimore counties who may be alone or need help.

Twenty youngsters from the Children's World Learning Center of Lake Elkhorn will parade in their Halloween costumes, sing songs and eat with the seniors.

The event is predicted to have a great impact on the audience. "We see a tremendous acceptance from the seniors in children," said the senior center's executive director, Judith Kolesar. "It really brightens their day."

For the children, the seniors will make papier-mache stencils and other Halloween decorations.

Teen-agers charged of theft after car crash

Teen-agers crashed a stolen car into a tree in Columbia early Friday, leaving a 14-year-old Columbia boy trapped inside the vehicle when officers arrived, Howard County police said.

The boy was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated for head wounds, broken bones and internal injuries. He was listed in good condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to police, officers responding to a resident's complaint of suspicious people in the Long Reach village neighborhood in Columbia discovered the wreck. Two boys from Elkridge, ages 16 and 15, were arrested by police as they ran from the scene in the 6000 block of Majors Lane at 1 a.m. Friday. They and the injured youth were charged as juveniles with auto theft. Police said a fourth youth eluded officers.

The crashed 1990 Subaru Legacy had been reported stolen from Trotting Ridge Way on Oct. 22, police said.

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