Police said they arrested five people yesterday in breaking up an alleged gang that sold some 2,500 stun guns in Baltimore.
But police have seized just over 200 of the devices that can deliver a maximum of 100,000 volts.
"They may not kill a person," said Sgt. James Rood, head of the Northwestern District major case squad, "but they deliver a heck of a punch and can knock you off your feet."
Rood said the arrests followed an investigation that began three weeks ago when officials of Weapons World in Jacksonville, Fla., notified Baltimore police that they had not been paid for 10 shipments of stun guns that were purchased with credit cards in March and April and delivered to at least two Baltimore addresses.
"Some of the stun guns were delivered to the home of an innocent elderly woman in the 4000 block of Fairfax Ave. and were picked up by a man she didn't know," Rood said.
Others were sent to a house in the 3800 block of Reisterstown Road, he said.
Rood said an officer assigned to his squad purchased five stun guns for $60 on May 13 from a woman in a residence in the 1100 block of N. Carey St.
Armed with warrants, police raided the Carey Street premises yesterday and seized 200 stun guns and a sawed-off shotgun and arrested five people.
Rood said Maryland law does not ban possession of a stun gun, but there is a city ordinance that prohibits the purchase, sale, possession and distribution of the device.
He said the devices are designed for self-protection but are often used in robberies and serious assaults to immobilize victims. He said there had not been any reports of stun guns being used in crimes recently.
Rood identified those arrested yesterday as Quintina Ellison, 29; Diane Nicholson, 34; Darren Davenport, 28; Kenya Macer, 23; and Garrett Rich, 27, all of the Carey Street residence. All were charged with violating the stun gun ordinance, he said.
He said Ellison and Nicholson also were charged with six counts of credit card fraud, and Davenport was charged with illegal possession of a shotgun. All five were remanded to the Central Booking and Intake Center.
Pub Date: 5/22/98