A fatal crash on Route 1, house fire off Huntshire Drive and double stabbing in Columbia were some of the events in this week's blotter. Two train accidents occurred in greater Elkridge on the same day—Feb. 10—when a pedestrian was struck by a train in Halethorpe and a woman drove her car into a train in Jessup. Also this week, two men in their early twenties were arrested for their alleged activities on Washington Boulevard in Elkridge. One was charged with trespassing and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The other was taken into custody after police connected him with an armed robbery at the Elkridge 7-Eleven that occurred back in December.
Thursday, Feb. 17: Around 5 p.m., a onto Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia in what police are calling an “apparent suicide attempt.” The man, whose name police said will not be released, was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where officials said he was in critical condition.
Wednesday, Feb. 16:
- Someone attempted to break into Universal Contractors in Elkridge. The attempt, reported at 3:41 p.m., was unsuccessful.
- when another vehicle struck his motorcycle on Washington Boulevard at Montevideo Road in Jessup at approximately 1:35 p.m.
- Howard County police arrested a man they believe was responsible for the armed robbery at the Elkridge 7-Eleven on Dec. 17. During the robbery at 6510 Washington Blvd., the suspect approached an employee at approximately 1:30 a.m., displayed a gun and demanded cash. The employee surrendered the cash, and the suspect fled on foot, said police. Sean Patrick Skellenger, 21, of Laurel, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, using a handgun in the commission of a felony, and theft. He was being held at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup on $50,000 bond. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Jan. 20, according to court records. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at the District Court of Howard County on March 11.
Tuesday, Feb. 15:
- Three laptops, an mp3 player and a sports bag were stolen after a break-in on the 6000 block of Lori Lane in Elkridge. The suspect entered the residence after breaking a sliding glass door, said police of the incident, which was reported at approximately 3:15 p.m.
- Someone broke into a vacant house on the 7400 block of Red Barn Way in Elkridge by prying open the doors. When police investigated the premises around 11:30 a.m., nothing was reported stolen.
Sunday, Feb. 13:
- After witnesses reported a break-in at a mobile home on the 6600 block of Washington Boulevard in Elkridge around 5 p.m., police arrived to find the suspect inside with drugs and paraphernalia. Robert William Taylor, 21, of Elkridge, was arrested and charged with first-, second-, and fourth-degree burglary, trespassing, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, said police.
- A television was reported stolen from the 8400 block of Inwood Court in Jessup.
Thursday, Feb. 10:
- A woman was arrested after her at approximately 3:30 p.m. Gloria Griselda Gomez Abelares, 40, of Hyattsville, was arrested for driving without a license and for proceeding across the railroad tracks when it was unsafe, said police.
- Also at 3:30 p.m., a man at Tar Bay and Oceanic Drive in Jessup (the same location as the train incident above) got out of his vehicle to investigate a strange noise when he was approached from behind and assaulted. According to police, the suspect attempted to open the passenger side door, but it was locked. Then the suspect fled on foot toward MD-175. The victim drove to an urgent care facility for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, said police. Nothing was reported stolen, according to the report, and the suspect was described as a man approximately 6 feet tall who was wearing a blue jacket with patches on it and blue pants.
- Nobody was injured when a . Firefighters spent 40 minutes getting the blaze, which began in the garage, under control. The fire started around 1:55 p.m. and while it didn’t spread to other parts of the house, officials said there was extensive smoke damage.
- At 11:30 a.m., a . The victim sustained head injuries and was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
- Around 11:30 a.m., a car was reported stolen from Baltimore Washington Auto Exchange in Elkridge. This was the third vehicle that has been reported stolen from the business in the past month.
Wednesday, Feb. 9:
- There was an attempted break-in on the 6600 block of Deep Run Parkway in Elkridge. The suspect(s) attempted to enter by prying doors, removing a rear panel on the house and tampering with a screen. The attempted break-in happened sometime between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- A tractor-trailer was reported stolen from the 7400 block of Conowingo Avenue in Jessup shortly after 12:30 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 7:
- in the Meadowridge Landing neighborhood of Elkridge at approximately 9:15 p.m. Nobody was injured, and damages to the house have been estimated at more than $300,000, said officials.
- A 2006 Ford Econoline E-450 was stolen from Advance Therapeutics (8200 Patuxent Range Rd.) in Jessup.
- Two men in their early 20s were around midnight. Both victims were transported to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, where they were listed in serious condition. Police are still trying to identify the suspect, who was described as a 20- to 23-year-old man between 5’8” and 6’ tall with short blond hair.
Columbia Patch editor David Greisman contributed to this report.