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Woman, 65, foils carjacker, police say

A 65-year-old woman fended off a would-be carjacker outside a Brooklyn Park supermarket, screaming and kicking him in the groin, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim told police that she was getting into her car parked outside Shoppers Food Warehouse, in the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway, about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when a man approached and pulled open her driver's side door.

He grabbed her by her left arm, said "Get out," and tried to yank her from the vehicle, police said. The victim said she started screaming and fought back, eventually kicking her attacker in the groin area.

She said the man ran north on Morgan Road.

2 arrested, charged in teen assault, robbery

Two men were arrested and charged with assaulting and robbing a teenage customer at a Severn gas station, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim, 17, of Hanover, had just walked out of the Exxon in the 800 block of Reece Road around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when two men attacked him and fled in a Toyota Camry, police said.

A witness gave police the license number of the car, and police pulled it over moments later, police said.

Michael Jones, 23, of the unit block of Blue Jay Court in Halethorpe, and Deontray Poole, 20, of the 1300 block of Jamestown Road in Severn, were charged with assault, theft, robbery, and disorderly intoxication.

4 hurt when car strikes tree in Pasadena

Three teenagers and a young man were hurt when the car they were in struck a tree in Pasadena, Anne Arundel County police said.

Randy Wayne Thomas, 17, of Halethorpe in Baltimore County, was driving a 1996 Toyota sedan southbound on Fort Smallwood Road near Solley Road around 9:50 p.m. Friday when he lost control of the car, police said.

He struck and overrode a curb, then went off the road and hit three trees. Two of the four people in the car had to be extricated by firefighters.

Thomas was transported via MedEvac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. The left rear passenger, Devin Collins, 22, of an unknown address, was in stable condition there. Kari Ann Ford, 18, of Catonsville, the front-seat passenger, was taken there by ambulance with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. The right rear passenger, Victoria Katherine Weedon, 17, of Catonsville, was treated and released from Harbor Hospital.

Police said speed was a factor in the crash. The investigation is continuing.

3 rob Pizza Boli's in Glen Burnie, police say

Three men held up a Glen Burnie pizzeria at gunpoint, Anne Arundel County police said.

Employees of the Pizza Boli's at 200 Crain Highway N. said three men, including two wearing ski masks, came in around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. All displayed handguns, and one demanded money.

The suspects fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Annapolis man faces drug charges

An Annapolis man was arrested on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop yielded a stolen handgun and more than $6,000 in heroin, Anne Arundel County police said.

Officers who pulled over Eric Arnold, 20, of the 1200 block of Thom Court, around 11:30 p.m. Thursday on a traffic violation at the intersection of Forest Drive and Hillsmere Drive recovered a loaded .38-caliber handgun from under the driver's seat. A check revealed it had been stolen.

In addition, detectives located a large bag containing 44 baggies of suspected heroin in the center console of the vehicle. Fifteen additional such bags of heroin were in Arnold's pants pocket.

Police seized the drugs, the gun, Arnold's 1996 Chevrolet Caprice and $735 in cash.

He was charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, theft and related crimes.

Police arrest two in Curtis Bay on drug charges

Two people were arrested on multiple drug-related charges after being pulled over in Curtis Bay with heroin, needles, pill capsules and fake heroin in the form of flour, Anne Arundel County police said.

Coast Guard police pulled over a car at 12:15 a.m. Thursday on the Yard, and found the small amount of heroin. County police who arrived searched the car and seized a large amount of drug packaging materials, pill capsules and hypodermic needles and flour disguised as heroin.

Travis Ryan Mackin and Brandy Jeanette Bowman, both 21, and of no fixed address, were arrested and charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of counterfeit drugs with the intent to distribute.

Man hospitalized after making false calls

An Annapolis man was hospitalized for psychiatric problems after Coast Guard investigators said he repeatedly made several fake distress calls, city police said.

The Coast Guardsmen detained a 53-year-old Heritage Court man around 1 p.m. April 7 in his car parked in the Robinwood public housing community, police said.

They explained that the Annapolis Coast Guard Station had received several distress calls over its news and information marine channel. All of the calls proved to have been unfounded.

They began an electronic tracking detail and were able to trace the signal as coming from the Annapolis man's car.

Asked why he had falsely reported an emergency, police said, he replied that he did so because his boat was sinking and that he did not have a boat, but one does not need to have a boat to have it sink.

He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

Purse snatched in Eastport

An Eastport woman's purse was snatched as she walked near her home, Annapolis police said.

The 23-year-old resident of the 900 block of Bay Ridge Avenue was robbed around 8:20 p.m. Thursday. She told police that a man approached her from behind and grabbed her purse off of her shoulder. She struggled to keep possession of it, but he managed to wrest it free from her grasp and ran away.

Man robbed while pumping gas

A man pumping gas at an Annapolis gas station was robbed of $100, city police said.

The victim, a 36-year-old Edgewater resident, was at the Texaco station at 245 West St. at 10:10 a.m. Sunday when a man approached and asked for a cigarette, then $20. When the victim refused, the robber brandished a knife and took all the cash in his wallet. The victim managed to get the knife away from the suspect and tried to get his money back, but the robber picked up a hammer from the victim's car floor and threatened him with it before fleeing.

Police seek thief of parking meter money

Someone stole money deposited into nearly 30 parking meters in downtown Annapolis, city police said.

Meter technicians for the city said the thefts took place over the weekend and said the thief apparently has a tool similar to the manufacturer's key, as little or no damage was done to the 28 meters.

A witness described him as 20 to 25 years old, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds with short- to medium-length hair.

Three arrested after hit-and-run query

An Annapolis man and two passengers in his car were arrested on drug charges after fleeing from police seeking witness accounts of a hit-and-run accident, city police said.

The driver, Jim Edward Sheppard, Jr., 27, of Hicks Avenue, initially offered an account of the crash around 1:15 a.m. Monday on Bywater Road. He was asked to stand by until the scene could be stabilized, but he drove off. Officers stopped him in the Safeway lot on Forest Drive, where he became uncooperative.

A check revealed that his license was suspended. Crack cocaine, marijuana and PCP were recovered from his car. He violently resisted efforts to place him in the police car and was restrained after brief struggle. He was charged with drug possession, assault and resisting arrest along with driving on a suspended license. His passengers, Jennie Lea Hall, 28, of Greystone Court, and a 17-year-old girl from Tuckahoe Court, were also arrested on charges of drug possession.

Teenager robbed of purse at gunpoint

Three men robbed a teenage girl of her purse at gunpoint, Annapolis police said.

The victim, a 19-year-old Hearne Court resident, was getting out of her car on Belle Drive around 11:55 p.m. Monday when three men approached.

One pointed a handgun at her head and grabbed her purse. She struggled to hold onto it and was dragged to the ground and across the street until she lost her grasp.

One of the other robbers took the gun from the first one and pointed the gun at the victim's face. All three then fled on foot.

The purse was found in a dumpster in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive.

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