Howard police make 4 arrests in 2 robberies

Howard County police said Monday that two unrelated robberies last week have resulted in four arrests.

According to police, Adina Dehenda Bowen approached another Columbia man near the Long Reach Village Center around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Bowen, 21, of 8900 block of Tamar Drive, struck Tyrone Duncan in the face with a gun and demanded cash. Duncan, 25, gave Bowen money and an iPod, police said. As Duncan ran away, Bowen fired a shot in his direction, but missed. Police have charged Bowen with armed robbery, first-and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of theft.

Police are investigating whether Bowen was involved in other robberies in the area. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail in the Howard County detention center.

Three other men, who police say forced their way into a Laurel home early Saturday morning and tried to rob its occupants at gunpoint, are being held in the county's detention center, each in lieu of $950,000 bail.

Two of the men -- 24-year-old Gerald Wright, of the 9200 block of Gross Avenue in Laurel, and Joshua Lamont Joyce, 31, of the 6000 block of Majors Lane in Columbia -- were apprehended at the scene. A third suspect, Oneil Lewis Kerr, 30, of the 8900 block of River Island Avenue in Savage, was arrested a few hours later.

According to police, the robbery was reported around 1:20 a.m. A caller told police that three men kicked in the front door of a home in the 9600 block of Canterbury Riding in Laurel, where they confronted its three residents. With two of the men brandishing guns and the other a knife, they demanded and received money from Anthony Rogers, 24; Rhonda Rogers, 57, and Phillip Mathews, also 57.

The men fled by foot. Wright and Joyce were captured by police who had responded within three minutes of receiving the initial call and had set up a perimeter near the house. Kerr was found later in the day and arrested. According to police, the suspects knew their victims.

The three men were charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of robbery, first- and second-degree assault and two counts of theft. Wright and Joyce were charged with using a handgun to commit a felony. Wright and Kerr were also charged with reckless endangerment and Joyce with first- and third-degree burglary.

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