4 arrested after violent spree targeting NE Baltimore Co. business owners
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WBFF) - Several Baltimore men are accused of following home small-business owners in Baltimore County, mostly in the Parkville/Perry Hall areas, and robbing them, sometimes violently.
The two men and two teens allegedly even fired shots at one of the victims, on Nov. 16 on Pelham Woods Road in Parkville's Ashlar Hill area, reported police.
Another business owner suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted and carjacked at a Perry Hall home, just after 4 p.m. Nov. 27 on Indian Trail Way, said police.
That crime was followed by another carjacking at 6 p.m. on Miceli Court in Parkville/Carney. The suspects used keys stolen from the victims to take two more cars.
Police believe the suspects "didn't know the [business] owners, but we thought they did some surveillance and tried to determine what their practices were," said Baltimore County police spokesperson Cpl. Shawn Vinson.
The suspects are believed to have hung out and watched what the business-owners did, he said.
They're accused in eight robberies between Sept. 15 and Nov. 27. A pair of business owners targeted twice, on Sept. 15 and Nov. 21, on Yakona Road in the Parkville area.
In both cases, the victims were coming home after closing their restaurant when the suspects approached them at their home and threatened them with a gun, said police.
One of the victims was able to pull out his own weapon during the Nov. 21 robbery, which caused the suspects to flee, said police.
In the Ashlar Hill shooting, none of the victims were injured by the shots that were fired. The suspects did steal their property before fleeing, however.
All of the cars stolen during the spree were recovered.
Besides the incidents listed above, the suspects are also accused in the following robberies:
-Nov. 7 on Panorama Drive in Perry Hall
-Nov. 8 on Talc Drive in Rosedale
-Nov. 26 on Salem Village Road
The suspects arrested were:
-Anthony Milton King, Jr., 31, of the 2900 block of Woodland Avenue in Baltimore
-Antonio Larry, Jr., 30, of the 1600 block of Riggs Avenue in Baltimore
-Brekwan Kareem McFadden, 16, of the 700 block of Wyanoake Avenue in Baltimore
-Melvin Norong Thompson, 17, of the 700 block of Wyanoke Avenue in Baltimore
They face a variety of charges, including armed robbery, armed carjacking, robbery, using a gun in committing a crime, first-degree assault, fraud and credit card/theft offenses. The juveniles are being charged as adults in the case.
Baltimore Police Colonel Steven M. Hlavach, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, said: "These cases were solved due to the collaboration between our precinct personnel, detectives, and support units."