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Man accused of holing up in attic, attacking officers

A Severn man was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond yesterday, charged with barricading himself in the attic of his house and throwing lumber, furniture and glass at police and attacking one officer with a nail-spiked piece of wood.

Police said the incident began when Officer William Caputo was parked in his patrol car in the 8400 block of Pioneer Drive shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A man slammed both his fists on the roof of the car and yelled "I'm watching you," police said.

When the officer tried to stop him, the man ran off, police said. Minutes later, police broadcast a description of a suspected prowler in the 1900 block of Arwell Court. Officers found a man fitting that description in the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive, police said.

Officer Caputo approached the man, who seemed drunk and began cursing and threatened to shoot him, police said. The man struggled with Officer Caputo, hit him in the arm, then ran into his house, police said.

Officer Caputo called for backup. When officers arrived, they went inside and found the man barricaded in the attic. They tried to coax him out, but he continued to curse at them and began throwing lumber, furniture and other items from the attic at the officers, police said.

He kicked a hole in the wall and crawled through it into the house next door. Officers followed, but the man threw lumber, furniture and glass at them, police said.

He got out of the attic, punched his arm through a window and grabbed a nearby piece of wood with a nail sticking out of it and chased Officer Debra E. Arduini, police said.

Other officers tackled and arrested the man, police said.

Douglas Keith Wilt, 34, of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive was charged with battery, assault, disorderly conduct, fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, assault with intent to murder and resisting arrest.

P.G. man sought in theft from beauty supply store

County police are looking for a Prince George's County man in connection with the theft Tuesday of a cash register from a hair care store near Fort Meade.

The search began after a security guard at Ridgeview Plaza in the 2600 block of Annapolis Road said he had seen the man break the front glass door of Beauty and Barber Supply shortly before 2:30 a.m., grab something from inside, carry it to a car and travel west on Route 175, police said.

A cash register near the shop's front door was taken, police said. The guard gave police a tag number for the car. Mr. Rode picked the man's picture from a photographic line-up, police said. The man has not been charged.

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