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Md. 9-year-old robbed, suspect sought


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Anne Arundel County Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a 9-year-old boy while he was walking near the intersection of Red Clay Road and Old Annapolis Road in Laurel, Md.

Police said the incident happened around 3:13 p.m. Friday when the suspect approached the boy and asked if he knew what time it was.

The 9-year-old pulled out his phone and the suspect grabbed the phone. After the phone fell on the ground the suspect picked it up and fled on foot with the phone.

Authorities said the victim was not hurt.

Police are on the lookout for a black male in his late teens, with a crew cut and a dark hoodie.

Call Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410 222 8700 if you have any information.


WANTED: Suspect robs 2 Md. stores minutes apart


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police Department is searching for a suspect involved in two robberies only 20 minutes apart in Laurel on May 31.

Police said the suspect used a hat to disguise his appearance in both of the robberies.

The robbery happened in the 13000 block Laurel Bowie Road in Laurel at 9:39 p.m. Twenty minutes later, the second robbery occurred at the drug store in the 12000 block of Laurel Bowie Road at 9:59 p.m.

If you know this suspect's identity or have information that could help our detectives, please call 301-772-4905 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Laurel mosquito spraying program to start


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Laurel Mayor, Craig A. announced Tuesday that this year's mosquito spraying program is starting and will continue through the month of September.

Authorities said trucks from the Maryland Department of Agriculture-Mosquito Section will be in Laurel on Sundays starting at dusk until 1 a.m. The spraying is city-wide.

According to authorities, spraying will usually start in the areas off of Contee Road and then go through the city, ending in the Patuxent Glen Community.

The spraying agent is Biomist 30 + 30 and is not harmful to pets, authorities said. The spray disperses in about 30 minutes, and is not harmful to people, however authorities said it is best to avoid direct contact.

Truck drivers will try to avoid spraying if people are outside in that particular area.

Laurel police chief helps stop drunk driver


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin's attempt to help a man out of a bind led to a drunken driving arrest Monday morning.

Officials say McLaughlin stopped on his way to work to help a man change a flat tire. During the stop, McLaughlin noticed the strong smell of alcohol on the man's breath and called for backup to the intersection of Route 198 and Route 197.

When pressed for identification or a driver's license, the driver presented McLaughlin with a temporary Maryland driver's license, which raised the chief's suspicions because suspected drunk drivers are given those ID's until their cases go to court, he said.

The responding officers transported 28-year-old Thank Khual to the College Park Barracks for a sobriety test, where police say he blew a .36 BAC, more than four times the legal limit.

WANTED: Man exposing himself at Md. motels


NORTH LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County police want to find a man who they say exposed himself at two North Laurel motels earlier this month.

The first incident happened at the Super 8 Motel in the 9900 block of Washington Boulevard at 1:07 a.m. on May 1. A motel clerk saw a black male between 20 and 30 years old exposing himself. The man wore gray sweatpants, a white t-shirt and a black bandana or hat, according to police.

In the second incident, the suspect stood outside a window at the Turf Motel in the 9800 block of Washington Boulevard and exposed himself to an employee. The incident happened at 2:50 a.m. on May 4, according to police. He was described as a black male, approximately 30 years old wearing a gray suit and a Redskins hat.

Tuesday, police released an image of the suspect capture on a motel surveillance camera.

Md. man gets 30 years for sex with 7-year-old


GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for having sex with a 7-year-old.

Officials say 21-year-old Anthony Palomino-Coronado, of Laurel, Md., will be subject to lifetime supervised release at the end of his sentence for sexual abuse of a minor to produce child pornography. He will have to register as a sex offender where he resides, where he works and where he may be a student.

According to evidence presented at Coronado's trial, Prince George's County police responded to a call for a missing 7-year-old girl on May 2, 2012. During the search, the girl was found next to a fence separating her home from Coronado's.

At the base of the fence on Coronado's side was an empty condom wrapper, officials say. The child was not wearing any underwear and told police that Coronado asked her to meet at his house.

Evacuation lifted after level 2 dam alert


LAUREL, Md.-- (WUSA9) High water escaping through a concrete joint in the Howard T. Duckett Dam late at night forced operators to open floodgates urgently late Wednesday after erosion around two key buttresses supporting the dam was detected.

The resulting downstream flood in Laurel forced the quick evacuation of at least 700 residents overnight as business owners scrambled to move property out of the way with only about and hour notice before flood waters arrived.

"We wish we could have given them more time but we felt a sense of urgency and we had to act when we did," said Jim Neustadt of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

It was the first time in at least 21 years the dam had been taken to "level-2 status", according to operators. Level 2 is defined as "potential dam failure situation rapidly developing."