Crime Watch


Arrest warrant issued in shooting of boy, 4

Howard County police have obtained an arrest warrant for 18-year-old Tion Jamaar Bell in the shooting of a 4-year-old Columbia boy who was knocked down by a stray bullet while coloring in his family's apartment two weeks ago.

Bell is charged in the warrant with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

During the past two days, police have attempted to serve the warrant at Bell's last known addresses of 8853 and 8867 Flowerstock Row in Columbia. That road also serves as an entrance to the Long Reach Village Center, where a fight Jan. 20 spilled over into an unlit wooded area next to the Sierra Woods apartments in the 8700 block of Airybrink Lane.

Residents said they heard several shots about 6 o'clock that night, one of which cracked a first-floor window and knocked Fahad Islam onto his living room carpet. Doctors removed the bullet from the boy's head the night of the shooting. He is recovering at home but will have to undergo surgery in a few months to repair his broken skull.

"We hope to release more details about the investigation and how it led us to Bell after he is arrested," said Pfc. Brandon Justice, a spokesman for Howard County police.

Police are offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to Bell's arrest. Anyone with knowledge of Bell's whereabouts is asked to call 410-313-3200. Callers may remain anonymous.

Melissa Harris

Rapist surrenders to police

A convicted rapist who Baltimore County police said had failed to register with the state as a sex offender turned himself in yesterday.

Maurice Nathaniel Jackson, 41, whose last known address was in the 6700 block of Edwards Ave. in the Woodlawn area, turned himself in early yesterday after learning from news reports that he was being sought, police said.

Jackson was paroled in 1998 on a conviction in a 1984 rape in Washington, which led to the requirement that he register as a sex offender, police said.

Nick Shields

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