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Perry Hall High Student Charged With Assaulting Homeowner

A Perryvale Road resident said she was attacked while taking a picture of students loitering outside her home.

UPDATE (4:16 p.m.)—Frustrated by teenagers loitering and defacing her property before school, a woman followed the advice of and police officials and began taking photos of students outside her home.

But Lynn Levin, a homeowner near the corner of Perryvale and Ebenezer roads, said she never expected a student to respond with violence.

At around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, a female student noticed Levin was taking photos and attacked her, according to the homeowner.

"She came over and smacked me—pretty hard for a girl. I was shocked," Levin said. "I have every right to take a picture."

Police have identified the suspect as Fotina Anna Alatzas, 18, of the 7500 block of Days Woods Court in Kingsville. Alatzas was charged Monday afternoon with second-degree assault.

When contacted by Patch, a family member of Alatzas declined to comment on the incident and charge.

Are crowds of students in neighborhoods near Perry Hall High School, before and after the school day, a problem? Tell us in the comments.

and happened to be at the school at the time of the incident.

Marks and Shellenberger met with Levin following the incident to discuss ongoing issues with loitering, graffiti and property damage in neighborhoods near the school, the councilman said.

"It's a tough issue. I live right by the school and it's extremely frustrating," Marks said.

Marks formed the last year to address to town-gown issues.

A contributing factor to loitering is a strict drug-free schools policy, which prevents students from smoking on school property. Teenage smokers, instead, gather on a public sidewalk along Ebenezer Road and sometimes enter the yards of adjacent homeowners, according to Marks.

Levin said the crowds of students in neighborhoods near the school, between 7:10 a.m. and 7:40 a.m., appear to be growing. Since the beginning of the school year, a lock to her fence was broken and part of her vinyl fence is now covered in graffiti.

"I'm really tired of dealing with all of that," she said. "I saw them doing it and I couldn't stop them."

Levin said she hopes school and police officials will take a more proactive approach following the alleged assault.

Capt. Michael Balog of the said he is working with school and government officials to develop a plan for addressing neighborhood problems with students.

Assistant Principal Stephen Arnold said the school has made multiple announcements discouraging students from loitering in neighborhoods before and after school.

Arnold added that warmer weather contributes to problems with crowds of students.

Marks said only a small percentage of the total school population causes problems.

"Most students are respectful," he said.

What can school and police officials do about unruly crowds of students near schools? Tell us in the comments.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article misspelled the suspect's first name. Patch regrets the error.

Tim March 29, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Definitely a wrong place, wrong time scenario. However, as Emily just updated below, Ms. Alatzas WAS charged with assault, so...
JCG March 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Ok folks, if you don't live in the affected areas, you really don't have an idea of what goes on there. I've lived across from the school for 33 years and back then we never had a any real problems. However over the years conditions have gotten worse particularly in this NEW AGE of shunning responsibility. Besides the destruction of property and the blocking of roadways, PHHS students in the past ( not this year, yet ) have also engaged in drugs and sex both inside of cars AND OUTSIDE of cars. To everyone who has posted......YES this situation has come to a head. This 18 yr. old ADULT attacker should get the maximum penalty under the law. The PHHS Administration needs to make an example of this girl. I don't want to hear about ' oh, it's only a few bad apples'. Put yourself in the homeowners position. How would you like it if someone assaulted YOU??. Historically, since the PHHS administration usually does nothing under these circumstances, I propose the following. I propose that the county install "No Littering / No Loitering " signs along Ebenezer Rd., 100yrds up Perryvale Rd., Jacinth Ct., and Hedgerow Way AND ENFORCE THE LAW which basically would be a $100 fine ( I think ). Also, DAILY announcements to the student body regarding the above. I will be sending Mr. David Marks a letter regarding the above and will volunteer my services to assist him in any way that I can.
J baugher March 30, 2012 at 02:56 AM
The way I see it, the girl was sitting in her car on a public street and therefore has no right or expectation to privacy! Ms. Levin should be able to take any pictures she wants of the girl without threat of confrontation! If the girl had issues with Ms. Levin, she should have left the area or entered the school where she should have been in the first place.
Parkvillehoney March 30, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Thank you Emily in trying to get the other side of this story. I do hope the Alatzas family gives the Patch their side of this story.
BaltimoreDee March 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I agree; this 18-year-old "adult" should get the maximum penalty under the law. (If she had hit me, I would be suing her and her parents in civil court, too.) I suppose that the PHHS administration's hands are tied unless an incident occurs on school property.
BaltimoreDee March 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Thank you, phms48, for informing us about the proactive, caring students at your school. I was unaware of SADD at Perry Hall Middle School. You all rock!
Gary Staab March 31, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Bonnie, You say only one side of the story has been told. You seem to know so much about what REALLY happened, yet you failed to tell us how you arrived with all this information. Are you a lawyer acting on behalf of the Alatzas's Family? Regardless, I think that before you suggest a counter suit on Ms.Alatzs's behalf, You might want to wait for the appropriate authorities to make a determination of what took place. REMEMBER, "Innocent until proven guilty". You critisize others for rushing to judgement, but aren't you a bit guilty of the same offense? Anyone, child or adult, proven to be damaging or litering someones private property should be sentenced to clean the disgraceful amount of trash along our road ways and public spaces. Have you seen the garbage along Rt 43 when you come off 95? Real nice impression for out of towners to view our community. Probably placed there by the same out of towners, but it still looks bad?
Louise Zecha March 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM
i am just wondering why a teen that lives in Parkville is going to a perry hall school - why isnt she at parkville high?
Gary Staab March 31, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Hey Louise, Reread the story. She is from Kingsville. Maybe she should be going to Falston. My neice and nephew lived in kingsville and went to Falston.
bp April 01, 2012 at 12:14 AM
former ph mom, this is why i moved my family out of ph area schools crazy overcrowded. happy in harford co.
sickofallofit April 01, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Oh please. You have no clue Bonnie. I talked to Lynn, I don't need to read this story. THEY WERE ON HER PROPERTY. Get your facts straight. You have no clue what Lynn has had to deal with for years. These kids have damaged her property and yes she did HIT her. She has the doctor bill to prove it. She was protecting herself from a camera?? Seriously! That doesn't even make sense. Since the girl was on Lynn's property, Lynn had EVERY right to take pictures. She did what police and school officials told her to do, to prove these kids were on her property.
DK April 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The borderline between Baltimore County and Harford County. When you cross over the Lil Gunpowder on Belair Rd. it becomes Harford County. Kingsvilles location is between the Big Gunpowder and the Lil Gunpowder Falls and runs over the Harford County line. Kingsville is in both counties. Just depends which side of the Lil Gunpowder you live on. Kingsville seems far to alot of people but it only takes 10 minutes to Perry Hall. This Girl lives in Baltimore County. If she lived on the other side she would go to Falston And that's why she goes to PHHS. The only school in Kingsville is Kingsville Elementary. The middle and high schools are Perry Hall For Baltimore County Boundary.
DK April 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
She lives in Kingsville.
letsbereal April 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
To everyone who Is listening to this biased, one sided, and inaccurate written story above that you all think are "facts", The girls name isn't even spelled right LOL.. So not only should the writer of this be embarassed by the inaccuracy of this article, but everyone believing what they read may want to work on their tendency to be ignorant. Also, I hope you guys one day find yourselves in a situation where a complete stranger is taking pictures of you sitting in your car, minding your own business. We'lI see how comfortable that makes you feel. guess I failed to realize that sitting in your car alone is a "violent act", my bad! Also, I think there are more important things going on in this world and anyone who has commented on this article who has no relationship to the girl or family (those people obviously are bored with their lives) should take a few steps back and put your priorities in order, in fact maybe join a club or gym in order to stop you from wasting your time worrying about other people's business.
Tim April 05, 2012 at 03:09 AM
someone got charged with an assault, I thought... if someone was taking pictures of me, somewhere, in my car, you know what I'd do? Leave.
Brandon April 05, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Here's a fact: It's not illegal to take pictures of people on a public street.
John Doe April 05, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I would love my picture taken! Get the camera and tell me where!
John Doe April 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I joined a club, it's called the Perry Hall Patch - I love this club!!!
Parkvillehoney April 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
@letsbereal: The only reason this is a story is because Ms Alatzas "assaulted" Ms. Levin. Sitting in a vehicle on a public street is a non story. The smart response for Ms Alatzas would have been to move her vehicle or ignore Ms Levin. I commend and thank all the Patch sites for letting the community residents know what's happening in their backyards.
Jeanne June 09, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I spent four years volunteering at PHHS. Most of the students are great tobe around, a couple I would avoid. When I parked on Ebenezer I never had a ny problems with students. I did see the trash on the ground and asked students to please pick it up and throw it out, most of them did. A good part of the reason these students were willing to throw trash out even if it wasn't theirs was because I treated them with respect. I did see students leaning against fences and I asked them to stop. I explained to them the fences were people's property that they paid for, if they had paid for the fence would they want someone leaning against it? I never saw most of the students leaning against the fences again. (I was at the school a lot) The crosswalks are a joke because people driving, including bus drivers, don't respect the rules. If a person is in the the crosswalk traffic is suposed to stop so they can finish crossing. 90% of the time people don't bother to stop and sometimes speed up. When I reported the bus numbers to the company that handled the buses so they could correct the drivers I was told to call the police, when I called the police I was told to call the bus company or school. There are students that make a mess and are disrespectful but MOST ARE NOT. If I was in my car,legally parked on a public road, and someone was taking pictures of me I would call 911 and report the person, they have no right to take my picture. If you have problems call 911 everyday.
Evets June 09, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Actually, you have no right to (or expectation of) privacy in most public places, such as public roads, sidewalks, parks, etc. (public restrooms and such being an obvious exception). A person parked in a car on a public street, whether parked legally or not, may be photographed without his/her permission. Generally, video is OK too, as long as there is no sound. Audio recordings without both parties being aware of the recording are illegal in Maryland, except under court order.
Jeanne June 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Actually Evets, according to the police in Parkville and White Marsh, if a person is sitting in their car legally parked they are not suposed to be photographed by a stranger and the police, if called, will deal the the photographer. Once you get out of your car and step on public or private property you can be photographed.
Evets June 11, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I respectfully submit that thos police officers are wrong. Police oficers are not always experts on the law (I say this as a child of a police officer who was disfigured by a gunshot in the line of duty). Are you actually asserting that if a person is breaking the law in a public place (street, park, etc.), they are immune from being photographed as long as they are in a car? Think about the implications of that. Drug deals, fire arms sales, drug use, sexual relations, etc. could not be documented via a digital camera if the people involved are in a car that is legally parked on a public street?!?!?!?! Are criminals aware of this? If so, they would be pretty stupid to conduct any illegal business unless they are in a legally parked vehicle on a public street.
Jeanne June 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
People legally parked on a public street, sitting in their car have the right to privacy to NOT have their picture taken or video taped. The police have the right to take their pictures or videotape because they are the law, PRIVATE CITIZENS ARE NOT THE LAW. The homeowner was wrong to go up to the parked car.
Gomer Pyle June 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Jeanne, I guess all of the paparazzi in Hollywood should be arrested since they take pictures all day long of celebrities without their permission on public streets. Can you please tell us where to find this law that states only Police are allowed to take pictures or video and private citizens are not allowed to do so? This is not North Korea the last time I checked. Like Evets stated, Police Officers are not always experts on the law and these "officers" that told you this are a prime example.
Brandon June 11, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Jeanne you are simply wrong. "The police have the right to take their pictures or videotape because they are the law" this is a scary statement. It almost sounds like something that would come out of Fidel Castro's mouth. We do not live in an authoritarian country...
Evets June 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Brandon, you have it mostly right. The government is restricted from "unreasonable searches and seizures," (i.e. pictures), but there is no such restriction on private citizens. I can legally stand at the intersection of Joppa and Belair Roads and spend all day videotaping and/or photographing vehicles as they travel on the road or stop at the red light. I can take their picture or videotape them when they park in the lot at the Double T Diner (so long as I stay on the sidewalk). I can sit on my porch in Perry Hall and record vehicles passing by to my heart's content. I can set up a camera, on my property that records the parked cars on my road. None of this is illegal or unconstitutional. There are of course some restrictions as to what can be done with the pictures (no efforts to slander, libel, or blackmail, of course) By the way, Jeanne, what would you have the police do if they were called in this case. The police could ask the picture taker to voluntarily surrender the camera. They cannot seize the camera (without a warrant or subpoena). They cannot arrest the picture taker, for she has broken no laws. My advice, offered free of charge, is that when you are in a public place (even your vehicle), assume that you are being recorded. Most of the time the recording will be by the local authorities, but not always. My standard has always been this: Don't do anything in public that you would be ashamed of if your mother saw it.
Evets June 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I also want to reiterate the point that there are some limits to photographing people in public places. Public restrooms, changing rooms at public pools, many government buildings and military installations, etc. Also, while it is not illegal to photograph young children in public places, it is best avoided unless you have the consent of the parents.
Jeanne June 12, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Not that it is anybodys business but I was stalked by an ex boyfriend for many years and I asked the police when he is crossing the line and I can call the police in. One of the ways was if he was taking pictures of me in my home, car, private gathering on private property, etc.... He did take pictures of me walking to my car and kept taking pictures while I was in my car. I called the police and they came out right away and took the film out of his camera and told him to leave the area. I don't know the exact law but I do know whatever it is in gave me peace of mind for a little bit. If anyone takes pictures of me now in simalar situations I am on the phone to the police right away. I am not a public figure who people what to know everything about I am a average citizen that is not important to the public.
Evets June 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This will be my last comment on this. Unless the police charged your ex-boyfriend with a crime, they had no legal basis for taking the film out of the camera. This film was his property. If he had committed a crime (not enough details to know that), then the film was evidence of the crime and therefore could be confiscated if he was charged or if charges were pending. Failure to charge meant that the property could not be confiscated and if it was it must be returned intact. If the police removed the film from the camera, thus destroying it, they destroyed any evidence of a possible crime. Most likely, the police intimidated the guy into agreeing to give up the film, a common practice of police officers (which I have no problem with). The guy was obviously a jerk and needed a good scare to get him to stop.

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