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Crime and Fire Blotter

The following information was supplied by the Anne Arundel County police and fire departments. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

This activity report is a selection of local incidents provided by the Anne Arundel County police and fire departments as a public service to the community and compiled by Patch. It is not a complete listing of all events and crimes reported.

July 18, 2011
Hanover: Police chase and arrest

A Brooklyn Park man is under arrest and charged with multiple drug, assault and traffic counts after he led police on a high-speed chase that ended at Arundel Mills Mall and sent one police officer to the hospital.

Darin L. Sympton Jr., 22, was arrested Monday and charged with possession with intent to distribute both heroin and marijuana, possession of both heroin and marijuana, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, multiple counts of assault, driving on a suspended/revoked license and other traffic charges, according to Maryland State Police.

A Baltimore Police Department patrol officer attempted to stop Sympton Monday morning after he was observed participating in a suspected drug deal in Baltimore, according to a Maryland State Police release. Sympton, who officers believed may have been armed with a gun, refused to stop. The patrol officer followed Sympton, who was driving a 1998 Honda Accord.

A Maryland state trooper who was patroling the Baltimore Washington Parkway joined in the pursuit around 11:30 a.m. after he saw the patrol officer chasing the Accord. He followed the pursuit southbound heading out of Baltimore on the parkway into Anne Arundel County.

Just south of Interstate 195, Sympton apparently attempted to ram the Baltimore officer’s patrol car. The officer tried to avoid a collision, but ended up crashing into the median. The officer was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening. That crash is under investigation, according to police.

The chase continued south on the parkway at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Sympton exited the parkway at Arundel Mills Mall and struck several cars on his way into the mall parking lot. There, he bailed out of the car near the entrance to the movie theater and ran into the mall.

The state trooper ran after Sympton who threw items back at the trooper as they ran through the mall. Sympton was eventually arrested in a clothing store. No one in the mall was injured.

Troopers took more than a dozen caplets of suspected heroin and several bags of suspected marijuana from Sympton, who was taken to the Glen Burnie Barrack for processing.

July 17, 2011
Brooklyn Park: Child hospitalized

An 18-month-old girl was taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Center after she fell down a flight of stairs in the 5300 block of Patrick Henry Drive around 1:24 p.m. Sunday. Her injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.

Glen Burnie: Robbery

A man robbed the Royal Farms store located on the 200 block of Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie Sunday, police said.

According to a police press release, officers responded to the store shortly after 1 p.m. for a reported robbery. Officers spoke with the cashier who said a man entered the store, brought a drink to the counter and requested a pack of cigarettes before showing the cashier a handwritten note asking for all of the money from the register to be placed into a bag. The cashier told police that the man also told him verbally to put all the money in a bag.

The cashier said the man had a long, black object under a black cloth in his hands that was believed to be an unknown type of weapon and gave the man an undisclosed amount of money. The man then ran from the scene toward Colonial Square Apartments.

Officers and a K-9 unit searched the area, but were unable to locate the man.

Anyone with information on the incident or suspect is asked to contact Detective Clifford Van Hoesen of the Robbery Unit at 410-222-3469 (3566).

Glen Burnie: Armed robberies

Two 7-Eleven stores that are about three miles apart—one in the 7300 block of West Furnace Branch Road and one in the 1600 block of East Furnace Branch Road—were reported to be robbed at gunpoint within 15 minutes of each other Sunday by one suspect or suspects with similar descriptions, police said.

In each instance, a man entered the store armed with a gun and demanded money from an employee, who turned over an undisclosed amount of money and ran from the scene, according to a press release from Anne Arundel County Police. Officers received a call about the robbery at the 7-Eleven on West Furnace Branch at about 3:25 a.m. and another call for a robbery at the 7-Eleven on East Furnace Branch about at 3:40 a.m.

A man matching the description of the robber in the two 7-Eleven stores on Sunday in Glen Burnie is being sought in robberies in Essex and Dundalk. In each robbery, the suspect was described as a man wearing dark-colored clothing and a ski mask while brandishing a handgun.

Glen Burnie: Motorcycle accident

A 45-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized after he hit a deer on Route 10 near I-695 around 1:41 a.m. Sunday. The man was taken to the Baltimore shock trauma center with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

July 14, 2011
Glen Burnie: Armed robbery

A man robbed the Family Dollar Store located in the 7400 block of East Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie Thursday morning, police said.

According to a police press release, officers responded to the store at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday and spoke with an employee who said a man entered the store, brandished something that the employee said may have been a handgun covered by a piece of clothing and demanded money.

The employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and the man then demanded the employee’s wallet. The man fled the scene in an unknown direction, police said.

Officers and a K-9 unit searched the area but were unable to find the man.

Brooklyn Park: Fatal hit-and-run

Police and they are now requesting help from the public in finding the driver who left the scene.

Alex Hernandez, 25, of Baltimore City died from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident Thursday as he was riding his bicycle in Brooklyn Park, according to a police release.

Hernandez was attempting to cross Ritchie Highway (near Bon Air Avenue) when he was hit by what was described to police as a black mid-size sedan, possibly an older model Hyundai Sonata. Police believe the car struck the left side of the bicyclist and may have caused damage to the front of the vehicle in the area of the headlamp hood, windshield and mirror on the passenger side. 

The suspected driver of the vehicle was described as being a black woman wearing pink medical scrubs, according to police.

Anyone with information should contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610 or the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

Glen Burnie: Hit-and-run

Police are asking residents to help them locate a driver they believe was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bicyclist Thursday morning.

According to a police press release, Glen Burnie man was legally riding his bicycle north on Crain Highway near Georgia Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. when police say an unknown, small gray sedan—possibly a Chevrolet or Saturn—traveling north on Crain hit the rear tire of the bike.

Mario A. Garcia, 41, was taken to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was listed as being in critical and unstable condition as of Thursday afternoon, according to a police press release.

The suspect's car is believed to have damage to the right front headlight area and windshield. The driver was described as a white man with a beard wearing wire-rimmed glasses and a baseball cap. The car was seen speeding from the scene, heading northbound on Crain.

July 13, 2011
Glen Burnie: Armed robbery

The Cigarette Depot in Glen Burnie was robbed Wednesday morning, police said.

According to a police press release, officers responded to the store, located in the 7900 block of Parke West Drive, at about 11:45 a.m. for a reported robbery. Officers spoke with the store clerk who said a suspect, described being male, entered the store and waited until all other customers left the store before pulling a knife and demanding money from the register. The clerk gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money before he ran from the area.

Officers and a K-9 unit searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. 

Metro Crime Stoppers: If you have information on the above incidents, please call, email or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers. A hotline is available 24 hours a day toll-free at 866-7LOCKUP or text "MCS" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Regional Editor Stephanie Siegel Burke and Associate Regional Editor Susan Jenkins contributed to this report.

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