2 teens charged with attempted murder

By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 4, 2010; 11:50 PM

A 17-year-old and a 14-year-old were charged with attempted murder after police say they attacked a man in a Montgomery County parking lot, grabbed his cellphone, dragged him onto a second-floor landing at an apartment building, beat him and tried to throw him over a balcony that was 20 feet above concrete.

A woman who came to the man's aid was punched and kicked by the teens before they ran from the scene, officials said Wednesday.

Montgomery detectives are looking for a third suspect.

The attack occurred Oct. 23 in the 3300 block of Teagarden Circle, which is in the Briggs Chaney area about five miles north of the Capital Beltway.

Detectives charged Shante Dion Gladden, 17, as an adult. He remained locked up in the Montgomery jail, an official there said Thursday. Gladden is charged with attempted second-degree murder, robbery, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, and theft under $1,000, according to police.

Detectives charged the second teenager, who lives in the District, as a juvenile, so his name was not released. He faces the same charges as Gladden. He was placed at the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center in Rockville, police said.

Detectives said they are looking into whether the trio is responsible for other street robberies.

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