BY KIRSTEN DIZE
Police have charged two Edgewood men in connection with an April robbery and are investigating several other recent robberies.
Devin Corey Torrence, 19, of the 1500 block of Harford Square Drive in Edgewood, was charged July 5 with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, and theft less than $500. Jamil Alvin Perry, 18, of the 1700 block of Deerwood Court in Edgewood, was arrested on the same charges July 10.
They allegedly stole a Samsung cell phone worth $350 from a man on the sidewalk of Woodbridge Shopping Center in the 1400 block of Pulaski Highway on April 30. The victim also was assaulted.
A 76-year-old Joppa woman was robbed in her home last Wednesday.
Around 11 a.m. July 15 the woman returned to her home in the 300 block of Joppa Crossing Court. She heard a noise as she came in and called to ask who was there, according to Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
A man came into the room and confronted her with a gun, taking her money and credit cards, Worrell said. The man then tied her hands and feet and left, according to Worrell.
The victim was able to get her hands free and call 911, but didn’t move until police arrived and checked the home, Worrell said.
The suspect is described as a white man with a thin build between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall with dark hair. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a black shirt and a back pack, Worrell said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. John Aksomitus with the sheriff’s office, 410-436-5427.
On July 7, a 16-year-old boy was walking with his family then went home on his own, Worrell said.
Around 11:45 p.m. he was walking in the 3400 block of Albantowne Way in Edgewood when three men came up behind him. The victim was hit in the back of the head and money was stolen from his pockets, Worrell said.
The assailants are described as black men in their late teens wearing white T-shirts.
Joppa attempted robbery
A Joppa man was running in the area of Shore Drive in Joppa around 9 p.m. July 13 when several men asked him for change, according to Worrell.
The victim told the men he had no change and they attacked him, according to Worrell.
After the attack, the victim ran home and called police. The victim had lacerations from a sharp object, possibly a knife, Worrell said.
One assailant is described as a white man between the ages of 16 and 20, 6 feet tall with a thin build. The second man is described as a black man wearing dark shorts and black sneakers.
Belcamp armed robbery
A 16-year-old Belcamp boy was arrested and charged July 13 in connection with the robbery of a Serio’s Pizza delivery driver.
Charging documents give the following account of events leading up to the arrest:
The victim pulled into the 4400 block of Patriot Garth in Belcamp to deliver a pizza just before midnight. As he knocked on the door, someone came up behind him, told him to stay where he was and hit him in the back of the head.
The victim told police the four or five attackers were all armed with knives. They stole the $15, the pizza and the Serio’s Pizza hot bag.
When the victim returned to his car, he found his wallet and a pack of cigarettes were stolen.
Police received a call from Douglas Eugene Mercer about issues with his stepson, Ryan Devon Deminds. Mercer and Deminds live in the 1200 block of Griffith Place which backs up to the bike path where police dogs lost the suspect’s scent.
Mercer said Deminds had come home with a pizza. A short time later Deminds returned home with two friends, Shomare Fabian Tyreek Anderson and Michael Lydell Lassiter, both 16.
The number used to call in the false pizza order was programed into Deminds’ phone. A pack of cigarettes and a hot bag matching the descriptions of the missing items were found in the basement.
Deminds, 16, was charged with armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault. Neither Lassiter nor Anderson was charged.
Aberdeen attempted robbery
An Edgewood man was charged July 13 in connection with a robbery attempt outside the Budget Inn in Aberdeen.
Charging documents give the following account:
The victim was outside the Budget Inn making phone calls when three men came up to him and tried to take his wallet. One of the men grabbed him around the neck in a chokehold.
The victim broke free and called for help. The three men ran, and the one who attacked the victim and tried to take his wallet, dropped a knife as he ran.
Aberdeen police investigated the two possible room numbers the victim said the man ran into. Myron Fleming, wearing a black T-shirt, and another man were found in one of the rooms.
The victim and another witness identified Fleming, but were not sure about the second man.
Fleming, 18, of the 1700 block of Judy Way, was charged July 13 with second-degree assault and attempted robbery.