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Oakland Mills High School students charged with attempted murder

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Four Oakland Mills High School students have been charged in the attempted murder of a cab driver in Howard County.

Police say Khalid Khahiem Woods, 19, Johnam Perez-Rivera, 16, Woody Rousseau, 17, and Chellby Ofosusafori, 17, got into a Columbia Flyer cab around 10:45 p.m. March 1 and asked to be driven to Sewell’s Orchard Road in Columbia.

The driver tells police one of the teens asked him to pull over. As he did, the passenger seated directly behind him, believed to be Perez-Rivera, pulled a karate belt around his neck and started choking him. The front seat passenger, believed to be Woods, allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened to kill the driver.

Fearing for his life, the driver accelerated and struck a tree. He was able to escape with minor injuries and called 911 from a nearby home.

Evidence found inside the cab led to the teens’ arrests late last week.

Woods, Perez-Rivera and Rousseau all face second-degree attempted murder, conspiracy, armed robbery, robbery and assault charges. Ofosusafori faces conspiracy, armed robbery and robbery charges in connection with the incident.

Woods, Perez-Rivera and Ofosusafori are being held at Howard County Detention Center on $350,000, $250,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively.
Rousseau has been released on $200,000 bond.

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