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Man Throws Another Motorist's Cellphone: Columbia Crime Roundup

The following arrest information was supplied by the Howard County police department. It does not indicate a conviction. Crimes reported between July 24 and July 27, 2012.

 

Road Rage

A 35-year-old man from Gaithersburg was arrested Wednesday in a road rage incident. The man allegedly exited his car on Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville, walked up to a driver of another vehicle, grabbed the driver's cell phone and threw it. The suspect was arrested at approximately 9:35 p.m. near Brighton Dam and Springdale Drive.

Residential Breaking and Entering

Savings bonds, cash, a camera, gift cards and a checkbook were reportedly stolen from an unlocked vehicle inside an open garage near the 12400 block of Kondrup Circle between 9:45 p.m. on July 23 and 1:30 p.m. on July 24.

Indecent Exposure

A lone man was reportedly committing a sexual act behind a black SUV near the 6100 block of Columbia Crossing Circle around 4:45 p.m. on July 23.

Vehicle Theft

A 2004 Toyota Sienna was reported stolen near the 1100 block of Youngtree Court sometime between 8:30 p.m. on July 22 and 7:53 a.m. on July 23. Police later recovered the vehicle near the 5600 block of Cedar Lane.

A 2010 gray Honda Accord was reported stolen around 7:30 p.m. on July 25 near the 9100 block of Emersons Reach.

Brandie Jefferson July 28, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Oh, but it's even more interesting. This is a fuller account of the first incident: patch.com/A-w2wy
Brook Hubbard July 28, 2012 at 01:02 PM
See, this is where summaries can be very misleading. The paragraph in this article makes it sound like someone was fed up with someone talking on their cellphone in traffic, confronted them (possibly at a stop light), and grabbed the phone out of their hand. The full article makes it clear the perp had actually caused a hit-and-run, then pretended to be a police officer to stop the victim, then grabbed the phone when the victim called the police department. Really big difference in how these two articles portray the same incident.
Brandie Jefferson July 28, 2012 at 01:15 PM
You're absolutely right, Brook. I feel as if I should explain why this happened. Here goes: The police release a blotter on a regular basis with summaries of "noteworthy" incidents. The paragraph in this article comes from that. There were a lot of questions, however, so I decided to head to the court house and look at the charging document, which led to the follow-up article. We try to do that if there are questions about a particular incident. I was surprised, myself, that there was so much more to the incident than was in the initial account.
Jessica July 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM
It sounds like the Gaithersburg man was the wrong person arrested. Isn't it illegal to talk on your phone while driving? If I saw someone drinking a beer at a stoplight- I might get out of my car, take the beer, and throw it. GET OFF THE PHONE PEOPLE. Stats show its worse than drinking!
Brook Hubbard July 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Jessica, read Brandie's link to the original and my own comments. The paragraph the police gave in the above report misconstrues everything. No one was driving while on their cellphone; the victim had pulled over and was calling police. http://ellicottcity.patch.com/articles/alleged-police-impersonator-caught-hiding-in-bushes

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