Pasadena man charged in assault on tenant Landlord also fought with kin, police say


County police arrested a Pasadena man Monday on charges of assaulting a mentally disabled man who rents a room at his house and fighting with his own family in a violent outburst.

Carmello Saia, 47, of the 7700 block of Queens Park Road was charged with assaulting Charles Lee Hudson, 45.

Linda Saia, Carmello Saia's wife, said in an interview yesterday that her husband suffers from dementia and occasionally has violent outbursts. She said Hudson, who suffered brain damage in an accident when he was a child, has lived with the family for about 10 years.

Tara L. Saia, 17, told police her father had gone to the supermarket with Hudson about 6: 30 p.m.

Hudson said in an interview yesterday that Saia "got mad" at him, apparently upset about the amount of time Hudson had spent in the store.

When they returned to the Queens Park Road address, Saia, who is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 240 pounds, swung wildly at Hudson, giving him a black eye and a cut on the bridge of his nose, Linda Saia said.

Tara Saia tried to pull the two apart, and Saia, who was wearing heavy work boots, kicked the 90-pound girl in the leg, police said. She was bruised but not seriously injured.

Her brother, Carmello Sylvio Saia, 22, grabbed his father in a choke hold and wrestled him to the ground as Tara ran to call police.

Officer Brownlow Mullins arrived and arrested Saia after Hudson identified him as the man who had punched him in the face.

A Glen Burnie woman scared off a would-be purse snatcher Monday on the parking lot of a Pasadena shopping center, county police said.

Cheryl Ann Norris, 50, told police she was on the Kmart parking lot in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway shortly before 3 p.m. when a man with a hooded sweat shirt and dark sweat pants grabbed her purse and tried to wrestle it away from her.

When Norris began to scream, the man ran toward a nearby Shell station empty-handed, police said.

Police did not have a detailed description of the man.

Three sheds in Brooklyn Park were burglarized over the weekend by a thief who cut the locks off the doors and fled with goods through alleys, county police said.

James Brower, 57, of the 900 block of First St. told police he came home from a weekend trip about 4 p.m. Monday to find a sander, a buffer, drill bits and screwdrivers, valued at a combined $230, stolen from the shed.

James Christopulos, 75, of the 400 block of Doris Ave. told police that his $400 lawn mower was taken from his shed overnight Sunday, and John Wills, 70, of the 600 block of Wood St. said a miter saw valued at $130 was stolen from his shed the same night.

Police said the sheds are adjacent to alleys behind the homes.

Police log

Pasadena: Someone broke through the glass door of the Fresh Meadows Food Market in the 8500 block of Ritchie Highway shortly before midnight Sunday, used a crowbar to pry a hinged lock off a plywood panel and stole several cartons of cigarettes.

Riviera Beach: A vandal twice punctured the lining of an above-ground pool in the 200 block of Harlem Road between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, causing $500 in damage.

Cape St. Claire: Someone stole an electric barbecue grill valued at $150 from the back yard of a home in the 1100 block of Little Magothy View on Saturday or Sunday.

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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