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Driver Accused of 'Crushing' Woman Over White Marsh Parking Spot

Police have arrested an Edgewood woman, who they say became violent after a dispute over a parking spot.

Baltimore County police arrested a woman accused of striking two other women with her vehicle, after a fight over a parking spot at the Avenue at White Marsh on Friday night.

Police identified the driver involved as Brandy Tennille Ames, 35, of the unit block of Harr Park Court in Edgewood. She was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and multiple traffic violations, police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton said Monday afternoon.

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At about 8:25 p.m. on Sept. 14, a woman, driving her 2009 Volkswagen Jetta along with her adult daughter, entered the Avenue at White Marsh parking lot near Staples on the Honeygo Boulevard side. They saw a woman, identified by police as Ames, cursing and waving her arms from inside of a 1998 black Oldsmobile. Ames accused the driver of the Volkswagen of taking her parking spot and blocked them inside the parking spot, according to a police report.

The daughter exited the Volkswagen and approached Ames, who punched her in the face, according to police. Ames then drove directly into the daughter, "crushing" her between the Oldsmobile and a Nissan Sentra, according to a police report. "The female continued to push the gas pedal for what seemed like five minutes … while numerous people gathered, screaming at the female driver to stop," as stated in a police report.

Ames then drove into another woman, who was taking pictures of her, before fleeing the scene, police said.

When police arrived, the first victim who was struck, a 24-year-old woman, was "laying on the ground in the parking lot, screaming in agony … unable to speak due to her pain," according to the police report.

The first victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with a possible broken leg and broken ankle. The second victim received minor injuries.

Based on several witness accounts, police identified and arrested Ames on Monday at 7:30 a.m. Ames is currently being held on $1 million bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to Batton.

Patch first reported the dispute around 10 p.m. on Friday night, drawing a passionate response from community members.

Capt. Mike Balog of the White Marsh police precinct urged drivers to be patient and "behave like adults" while navigating area parking lots.

Needaname September 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM
.... my thoughts exactly.
Dennis Gilpin September 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Unfortunately, we have people in our society who are immature and shouldn't be driving a car. . Her driving priviledges should be suspended for a given amount of time ( along with other consequences ). She was putting her life in danger ( and others ) over a parking spot.How stupid ? It has happened to everyone and I will bet she has taken the spot another was waiting for as well. It has happened to me and I just look for another. I wasn't happy about it but these things happen. I was taught to give the right of way to everybody because many will take it anyway. Don't need an accident that may cost a life.
Tim September 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
No doubt there's risk involved. Like I said from the very top of this thread, it's not like I'd jump in and get involved immediately. I'm not going to sit here and suggest I would. You yell/try to reason with the person. I mean, we're all speculating on what actually happened based on this report which could be factually inaccurate. She could have been pinned for just a few seconds. The article, however, seems to say something more then this, though. However, at some point when all reason doesn't work, and someone is getting SERIOUSLY harmed, good people need to do something. It's not a gender thing, either. Remember Chrissy Lee Polis? An old lady intervened. She wasn't some physically fit young man who was reasonably confident he could intervene with marginal risk.
kjohnson September 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
After reading all the comments everyone who comments that dealt with race, finance, racial remarks, etc. Are just a bad as this young lady you just comment on you just do yours in secret and behind close doors. Adult bullies and have just as much anger, sin and injustice in your heart as the next man who lets his be known - no matter the color or finanical staus. That is why we live in a society were the heart of the man is more important to God than anything material, titles, etc. And every knee will bow down to answer every word and thought that judges somone else's action and then think yours is smaller or less than. Every action of man is considered the same in God's eyes. Man just creates laws to justify one to another actions. Both God will judge us all with money, without money, where you live in Harford County, what title you carry, etc. So remember before you judge and condem take the log out of your eyes while you trying to point out your neighbor's speck.
Rose September 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM
remember the scene in Fried Green Tomatoes, where the young girls took Kathy Bates parking space? "I'm older & have more insurance!"
Jeanne September 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
To Needaname: Handicapped permits are only suposed to be displayed if parking in a handicqapped parking spot, it even says on the top of the permit "Important: please remove before driving vehicle". I am going to pass on some advice that a police officer gave me, don't display your placard in the window or dash if you aren't using a handicapped parking spot, they are worth $50.00 on the street and he had seen many car windows smashed so people could steal them. A lot of people throw them on the dash when they pull out of the spot but he said to leave them somewhere people can't see them. I think it is very nice of you to leave the handicapped spots for someone else when you don't feel you need the spot, I try to when I can but those days are getting fewer.
T.H. September 19, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Go Figure another fine upstanding citizen from the Arm Pit of Harford county.
AzureSkye September 19, 2012 at 02:56 PM
OMG! Rose...yes that crossed my mind too LOL!
Parkvillehoney September 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Ms Ames needs to be held responsible for her actions. She is a college educated person, has held good jobs and should know right from wrong. There is no logical reason why she should have acted in this vicious manner. I think she felt entitlement and she was going to get her way, come hell or high water. Now she will face the consequences of her actions. I hope there is justice such as a criminal record or jail time.
Tim September 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Or you'll find out when you die that it's not the case at all. Wouldn't that just rock your world.
Steve September 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Maybe she felt threatened.......
Joe September 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
"Maybe she felt threatened......." From the same guy who supports a convicted tax cheat on his t-shirt and called this "Vigilanteism" (sic) If she felt threatened she should have closed her window, locked her doors and found another spot to park in.
Dennis Gilpin September 19, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Joe, Evidently, she wasn't satisfied with leaving the incident alone. like you said....don't make a situation worse by acting out. Get mad and move on. If she was armed I would hate what would happened. She was out of control. hope she learned from it.
Tiffany September 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
To all the people ranting about this woman's background, race, how many grandkids she probably has and how she must be on section 8 etc.. How is this guy's story any better? http://patch.com/A-xR0w I noticed none of you have jumped on the race band wagon. Is it because he is white? Do you honestly believe only black people act like this?
D.L. Coleman September 19, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I pray that the victims recover quickly and without any lasting affects from this nightmare. I don't understand, I guess I was raised in a much different way. IT'S JUST A PARKING SPACE! Even when I'm cut off I let it go because it's not worth my time or effort to get mad over a parking space. Besides I believe in the law of reciprocation, whatever you put out you get back, and I don't have to be around to see the pay back, time is too precious to waste on such things. KEEP IT MOVING!
Joe September 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
White trash with tats on his neck and unable to live in civil society. Happy? You must remember that blacks make up 12% or so of our population and account for a hugely disproportionate amount of the criminal activity in America. ALWAYS remember that.
PerryHallParent September 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Um, probably because I don't read the Dundalk Patch? I think he's just as much trash as the woman who did this. I believe trash acts like trash.
Red Dolphin September 20, 2012 at 01:46 AM
to happy wayne and perry hall parent : I was at Lake Montebello tonight ,it was a nice night for a walk,,,,,,,,,,,, just like the ole days,,,,,,,( the memorial stadium days) saw people from all walks of life enjoying the atmosphere and taking a healthy walk
Red Dolphin September 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
right on DL and its not good for your heart either ( to get stressed out)
Sassy September 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM
There are many people who think they are "entitled" to parking spots, but no one is entitled. It's first-come, first-served and yes, some people are inconsiderate about it. You have to decide which battles to pick. In overcrowded neighborhoods, neighbors fight fiercly over parking spots. Some residents feel because a spot on the street is in front of their home, they own it. In fact, most streets are county/city public parking--no one owns a parking spot--whether it's in the front of your home or not. My point is, there is no excuse for this kind of behavior. Put this woman behind bars in the zoo! She really is a barbaric animal. She may as well lifted her leg and peed on the spot to claim it. Unfortunately, there are many people like this. There have been stories of people shooting each other over parking spots. Proud to say I'm not one of them. Don't the jerks realize it's just not worth it?
gabe September 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Wow i moved out of edgewood to Perry hall to get away from these people and there crimes. Yes i said these people its a fact of life. She should do a hard 10 years and lose her job working with kids. If i was there i would have opened or broke her window and pulled her out and placed her under citizens arresst. I would be careful from using too much phyical force because i wouldn't want Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton at my front door.
Red Dolphin September 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM
others have said that they would "spring in to action" your genuine response is impossible to say here on a blog until you're actually in that situation. my decision wouldnt rest on the intimidation tactics of those tow "race hustlers" ( not name calling thats what they truly are) as I have mentioned ots not the skin color ( although that is correlated ) its the culture,,,,,,,, thats how they settle things in the hood whether it be county hood or city hood black or white ( there are white people who behave just like Miss ames that are also from "the hood" the lack of parental guidance ( role models) has a lot to do with the lack of character ......heck the parents are one in the same ( they too behave that way) they have a "chip on their shoulder " as otherds have refered to it,,,,,,,,,, a feeling of entitlement........ also " or just plain ultra- racist ( that works both ways folks )
DaughterOfAKing September 22, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I wish people would stop judging others. No one knows what was going on in this woman's life that caused her to react in this manner. While I'm not condoning her behavior or the action she took....we have no right to make blanket statement judgments against her when we know nothing about her.
DaughterOfAKing September 22, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I agree with you Tiffany.
Parkvillehoney September 23, 2012 at 09:55 PM
@Daughter, No matter what was going on in Ms Ames life, this behavior is criminal. There are many times, I wanted to "mow someone down" for an injustice. Guess what, I only thought it in my head, it NEVER resulted in physical action. That is the difference. Any normal person would not react with this criminal behavior. Now she will suffer the consequences of her behavior. Sad way to mess up her life because she felt someone did her wrong.
HubatHome September 27, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Sadly enough my Walmart incident was enough for me to see the current trend. House on the market...we moved to the shore. I want to raise my kids with a chance to not become racist because all black people don't act this way all over the world and I'm tired of the reverse discrimination that we have been exposed to. I wish I knew what to do to make people appreciate life- their own and others- but you can't teach that. And you can't provide housing in areas that have those values and expect to change those that weren't raised that way. It just creates animosity.
Stiffy McDermott September 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM
HubatHome, I wholeheartedly agree with you. You cannot move the ghetto to nicer communities and expect those communities to change people. Section 8 housing inevitably ruins neighborhoods.
Stiffy McDermott September 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Walmart is the kiss of death to any neighborhood remotely close to the city. The giant Walmart in Lansdowne is ruining Arbutus.
Dr Brenda Savoy October 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM
You're just as ignorant as she is. Brenda PhD
Jack Pont December 27, 2012 at 08:15 AM
People are savages not animals. Animals do not fight over parking spots

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