Wanted man arrested after ride in taxicab
An Annapolis man who was recently featured on the Anne Arundel County's Most Wanted TV show was arrested after an officer recognized him as a passenger in a passing taxicab, city police said.
The officer knew that the man in the cab - on Bywater Road approaching Copeland Street around 12:30 a.m. Thursday - was Keith Bithol Williams, 21, of Admiral Drive, and that he was wanted on a warrant for first-degree assault. He is charged with firing numerous shots into an apartment on Newtowne Drive on May 18 after arguing with one of the residents.
Officers followed the cab to the Holiday Inn on Riva Road, where they were joined by Anne Arundel County police. During the arrest, officers seized approximately 29 grams of crack cocaine, two grams of marijuana, an electronic scale and more than $2,000 in cash. He was charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute and is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $2.25 million bond.
Man faces burglary, drug charges after arrest
A Severna Park man was arrested on drug and attempted burglary charges after police found a stash of drugs in his car outside a local assisted-living facility, Anne Arundel County police said.
An officer was investigating an attempted break-in at Sunrise Assisted Living, 43 McKinsey Road around 8 a.m. Thursday after employees reported a torn window screen, removed door hinges and a damaged alarm system.
Alerted to a suspicious car parked outside with someone sleeping inside it and a backpack and computer left on top, the officer headed there, and the driver apparently moved the car to a dead-end of the lot, dumping the items on the roof.
As the offer approached the car, Derek Lawson Watkins, 26, whose last known address is 307 Old County Road, ran by, with a maintenance person in pursuit.
More officers arrived and found Watkins just inside the wooded area in some deep underbrush.
Upon searching the suspect, his vehicle and the backpack, officers recovered 116 grams of marijuana worth about $4,000, several small bags of powder believed to be more drugs and various items used to weigh, package and distribute drugs.
Annapolis man arrested on weapon charge
An Annapolis man was charged with a weapons violation after he couldn't explain where he had gotten a shotgun from which the serial number had been scratched out, city police said.
Police responding to a report of a man armed with a rifle in the 100 block of Obery Court around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday apprehended a man who ran out the back door and led them on a brief chase. Police say Anthony Leon Winns, 22, of Temple Hills resisted efforts to be handcuffed and was restrained after a short struggle.
The gun was recovered from inside the home. Winns said an acquaintance had just walked by and handed the gun to him to hold temporarily.
Gunman fires repeatedly at cab in Annapolis
Someone repeatedly fired gunshots at a taxicab entering an Annapolis public housing community, with bullets hitting an apartment occupied by a woman and her two young children, city police said.
A cab driver said he was bringing several passengers to Newtowne Drive around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man on the street pulled a handgun from his waistband and started firing at the car and occupants, police said. The driver quickly turned the cab around and fled the community, even as the gunman continued to fire.
The passengers got out of the cab on South Cherry Grove Avenue and fled on foot. They were apparently not injured, but did not contact the police.
A woman on the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, however, reported that a bullet had struck her apartment. She and her children were not injured.
Four teens arrested in beating, robbery
Four male teenagers were arrested after a man was beaten and robbed in Lothian, Anne Arundel County police said.
The victim said he was in the area of A and B streets around 1 a.m. Wednesday when the four youths beat him up and took his wallet and lighter.
The victim said he knew the driver of the getaway vehicle, a gold Buick heading north toward Annapolis. An officer pulled over a car matching the description on Route 2 and the victim identified the four people inside as his attackers.
They were identified as a 14-year-old from Annapolis, a 16-year-old from Annapolis, a 16-year-old from Severn and Thomas Wilson, 19, of 2nd Street in Annapolis. All were arrested.
Teens assault man but fail in robbery try
Two teenagers on bicycles punched a man in Glen Burnie in an attempted robbery, Anne Arundel County police said.
The victim said he was in the area of Aquahart and Oakwood roads around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday when the boys approached and ordered him to empty his pockets. He refused, and the youths each struck him in the face, police said. A witness yelled, and the boys fled on the bikes.
The victim drove himself to the hospital for treatment of a laceration.
Laurel woman robbed outside supermarket
A customer at a Maryland City supermarket was wrestled to the ground and robbed of her purse, Anne Arundel County police said.
The victim, 38, of Laurel said she had just stepped outside the Shoppers Food Warehouse in the Maryland City Shopping Center around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday when a man snatched her purse and fled on foot.
Security guard foils planned shooting
A private security officer recovered two guns and drugs after being tipped off that a group of young men planned to shoot someone, Annapolis police said.
A resident of Bens Drive told the officer around 9 p.m. Tuesday that the group planned to shoot her brother, police said. The group broke up and ran when the security officer approached, and one of the youths dropped a loaded .38 caliber handgun.
Another of the fleeing suspects, a 17-year-old from Copeland Street, was arrested and charged with trespassing.
Police who received a call that the original group had re-gathered on Bens Drive in a blue Mercury Marquis arrived to find the car abandoned, but another handgun, marijuana and crack cocaine had been left behind. The car's owner couldn't be contacted, so it was impounded.
Annapolis teen accused of robbery
An Annapolis teenager was arrested, accused of assaulting and robbing a Chesapeake Harbour man who knew him by his nickname, city police said.
The victim, 53, said he was walking on Pleasant Street near Clay Street around 11 p.m. Tuesday when the attacker approached, knocked him down from behind, and took money from his pockets while holding him down by the neck.
The victim told officers his assailant's name was "Poo," and police identified him as Ondrel Mayo, 19, of Monument Street. Mayo was found nearby and was identified by the victim, police said. He was arrested and charged with assault and robbery.