Soldier Arrested for Carjacking in Edgewood

Victim Seriously Injured Following Accident

(Edgewood, Md. – July 4, 2006) — An 18 year-old soldier stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Ground was arrested late Monday night in connection with a carjacking in Edgewood. The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the Shell Mart located in the 1700 block of Hanson Road.

Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies took Brandon Lee Taylor, a private in the U. S. Army assigned to the 143rd Ordnance Battalion, into custody after he fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident a short distance from the Shell Mart.

After striking the utility pole, Taylor left the vehicle with the five year-old boy still inside and ran to the nearby Windsor Valley development in an attempt to escape. He was captured by Sheriff’s Deputies in the 500 block of Meadowood Drive.

Taylor allegedly carjacked a 2004 Ford Explorer owned and operated by Thomas Maurice Head, 30, of the 800 block of Cloverleaf Court in Edgewood. Taylor took the SUV from in front of the Shell Mart when Head left the vehicle running with his five year-old son Nishawan Maurice Head inside. When he returned from the store, the victim found Taylor attempting to drive away in the Explorer.

Head grabbed on to the side of the SUV in an effort to stop Taylor from stealing the vehicle. However, as Taylor sped through the parking lot, he lost control of the vehicle and struck a curb and utility pole on Hanson Road.

As a result of the accident, Head suffered a near amputation of his right leg. He was initially treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and later transported by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Taylor has been charged with carjacking, theft of a motor vehicle, kidnapping, reckless endangerment, 1st and 2nd degree assault and a number of motor vehicle charges. He will be arraigned before a District Court Commissioner later this morning.

The investigation of the incident is continuing by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division.

Press Release

July 04, 2006