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Man charged in crash that injured officer

The 22-year-old younger brother of former heavyweight boxing champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman was being held yesterday at Baltimore County Detention Center on a $1 million bond on charges he robbed an Essex discount store and crashed into and injured a city police officer and the officer's wife during a getaway.

Karim Abdul Rahman of the 5200 block of King Ave. in White Marsh was charged with two counts of armed robbery, first-degree assault, vehicle theft and related violations shortly after his arrest Monday.

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Police said the incident unfolded when a man entered the Dollar Value City store in the 1400 block of Martin Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Monday and placed what appeared to be a gun to the back of a customer who was standing at the register. The man demanded the customer's car keys and told the store clerk to give him the money from the cash register, according to charging documents.

After taking the money, the man fled in the stolen car, a 1990 Buick Skylark, police said. With police officers following him, the driver crossed the median and struck a Volkswagen Jetta and an off-duty city detective and his wife who were on a motorcycle traveling north on Middle River Road.

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City police Detective Mark Dwayne Honaker was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with a broken leg and was in good condition yesterday, according to the hospital. His wife, Sherry Lynn Honaker, remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center with multiple injuries yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the Jetta was not seriously hurt.

Police said they recovered $243 stolen from the register and the weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun.

Steve Nelson, a manager for Hasim Rahman, who has moved to Las Vegas, confirmed Karim is a younger brother of the boxer. Nelson declined to comment on the arrest.

Second-degree assault charges against Karim Rahman were dropped in 2001 after he served several days in jail, records show. He received a two-year jail sentence that was suspended except for a few days last year for another second-degree assault, records say.

Staff writer Lem Satterfield contributed to this report.


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