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Three Charged with Attempted Murder, Kidnapping of Reisterstown Teen

Police charged a Reisterstown woman and two others in an incident in which a Reisterstown teen was abducted and shot.

Police have charged a Reisterstown woman and two others with attempted murder and kidnapping in connection with the shooting of a Reisterstown teen in June.

The trio were arrested at the same Highmeadow Road home were police were forced to shoot a sword-wielding man late Thursday night.

Laura Christian Karr, 24, of the 400 block of Highmeadow Road in Reisterstown, Donald George Peoples Jr., 21, of the 4200 block of Saint Georges Avenue in Baltimore and Chiquita Sketers, 21, of the 3400 block of Carriage Hill Circle in Randallstown were charged Friday with attempted first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault and gun changes, according to a Howard County Police news release.

Peoples and Karr were arrested overnight during an execution of a Howard County Police warrant that was carried out by Baltimore County Police in Reisterstown at Karr’s home. Ronald Melvin Cox Jr., 48, was during the execution after he swung a large sword at an officer, hitting the officer’s bunker, the news release said.

Cox was not a suspect in the attempted murder, according to Howard County Police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn.

Sketers was arrested Friday around 2 p.m. at her home.

The three are charged in connection with the June 19 shooting of Sterling Watts, a 15-year-old Reisterstown resident. He was found in Howard County with a gunshot to the back of the head. Watts was released from the hospital on July 11, according to the news release.

Police believe Peoples and Karr kidnapped Watts as he was walking around his neighborhood and forced him into a car. They then stopped in Randallstown to pick up Sketers, who brought a long barrel rifle, loaded it with ammunition and told Watts he was going to die. They drove Watts to a field and ordered him out of the car at gunpoint. Police believe that Peoples shot him in the back of the head as he walked away.

Police were able to identify Peoples and Karr as suspects, and found out that Karr’s 2012 Mazda was used in the kidnapping. Suspects matching their descriptions had been seen driving a silver car through Watts' neighborhood selling illegal drugs. Police learned that two people matching their descriptions, descibed as a drug dealer and his girlfriend, were robbed by an unknown suspect the day of the shooting. Additional investigation led police to Sketers.

Peoples and Karr are being held in the Howard County Detention Center and Sketers was to be taken there Friday afternoon, police said.

TOO CLOSE July 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Wake-up!!! Drugs, shooting, attempted murder, burglary...on MY street. Those arrested or killed were long-time residents. This had nothing to do with section-8 housing or renters. Then a skateboard stolen from under a child next to my church. This isn't everyone else's responsibility. I will protect my home with a security system AND join Citizens Patrol. We must shine a light in every dark corner without prejudice.
E Brooks July 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM
You are sadly mistaken if you think the apartments in Chartley are section 8. Yes there are renters but they are NOT subsidized housing. Most of the issues are the homeowners children that hang out in the apartment/townhouse areas. The Latinos are the ones renting and they keep to themselves.
Chris July 27, 2012 at 07:36 PM
My husband and I have been renters with the Village of Chartleytowne since 2007. We pay a pretty penny and the townehouse we are in now definitely is not worth the $1465.00 a month but up until recently I really liked our neighborhood. We have two young boys and I always felt it was a safe and nice place to raise them. After recent events, I think a new neighborhood might be better for us. I agree with "Too close". We all need to protect what is ours. I happen to know the mother of one of the individuals that was arrested and if I had any idea that any of this was going on, I would have personally turned them in. It's a sad world we live in.
Chris July 27, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I've met Laura. I thought she was a nice girl. I guess I was wrong. I know her mother and my heart is so heavy for her right now. It's a very sad thing to know your child is involved in something like this and to lose your brother because of it.
Chris July 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
CP- I used to live in those apartments and now live in the townehomes. There are a lot of respectable people that rent there.

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