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Youth charged in assault try due in juvenile court

The Baltimore Sun

A 16-year-old from Laurel, accused of trying to pull a shotgun on police officers, had his case transferred to juvenile court Monday.

After reviewing reports from the state's Department of Juvenile Services and a psychological evaluation, Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure granted Joshua A. Alvandi's request to have the juvenile justice system handle the gun, attempted assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Alvandi's lawyer, Clarke Ahlers of Columbia, argued that his client would be better served with the help of the juvenile system. Alvandi had been charged as an adult.

Howard County police responded to a call about three people acting suspiciously in the 8400 block of Woodward St. in Savage about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 1

According to charging documents, two of the three stopped for police, but the third, continued to walk and forced police to use their police cruiser to cut him off.

As officers frisked the youth, he attempted to reach for the handle of a shotgun tucked in his waistband and shouted, "I'm not going to jail," according to the charging document.

Police struggled with the youth for several minutes, attempting to keep him from removing the firearm. Police eventually overpowered him and recovered the weapon, according to the documents.

Leasure honored Ahler's plea to have the documents she reviewed during Monday's hearing sealed.

Alvandi, dressed in khaki's and a blue shirt, did not speak during the hearing.


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