Police, fire log

Police, fire log

October 07, 1990


County police have charged a convicted burglar with robbery in connection with a Sept. 25 purse-snatching, which occurred just one day before he received a three-year prison sentence in Montgomery County.

Curtis Leon Bright, 23, was charged Wednesday with robbing the purse of an 82-year-old Columbia woman who said she caught a prowler burglarizing her home, a Howard County police report said.

Bright, who was free on a pre-sentencing bond when the Columbia robbery occurred, was sentenced Sept. 26 to serve three years in the state Department of Corrections for a Montgomery County burglary.

Police say that on the previous day, the 82-year-old victim confronted a prowler in an upstairs bedroom of her home, in the 5500 block of Harper's Farm Road. The prowler pulled out a gun, demanded the woman's purse, then grabbed it from her, police said. The woman suffered a small bruise to her left arm.

A Howard County sheriff's deputy recovered the discarded purse the next day.

Police said $70 in cash was missing.

Bright is also charged with burglary. He is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center while awaiting transfer to the state prison system.

Police say he will face the Howard County charges at a later date.


A Colorado man was arrested Tuesday in the parking lot of the Trucker's Inn in Jessup, where county police seized marijuana, a small automatic handgun and a machete from the cab of the truck he was driving.

Ross Owen Fisher, 28, of Highland Ranch was being held on $25,000 bond Friday at the Howard County Detention Center. Also seized from the truck were a gun holster and a bag containing ammunition for the .22-caliber handgun, a police report said. The truck stop is in the 7400 block of Assateague Drive.

Two officers received a tip from security officers at the truck stop about a suspicious-looking person who appeared to have a small container of marijuana, the report said.

Fisher was approached in the truck stop's bar shortly before 9:30 p.m.

and agreed to allow officers to search his truck, police said. During a search of the cab, officers found the weapons and six small plastic bags containing marijuana, police said.

Fisher is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a handgun.


Police are asking the public for help in locating a man who held up a Jessup convenience store on Sept. 22 and is believed to have committed three other recent armed hold-ups in the Baltimore metropolitan area, a police spokesman said.

The Howard County robbery occurred at about 9:40 p.m., when a man walked into a High's store in the 7900 block of Washington Boulevard and showed the clerk a gun tucked into his pants, police said.

Police say the clerk handed over less than $200 in cash and the man ran from the area. The clerk described the weapon as a brown-handled handgun.

Two similar incidents have been reported recently, police said. On Sept.

24, a gunman robbed a business in the Meade area of Anne Arundel County and two days later apparently struck again in nearby Glen Burnie. On the 28th, a business was robbed in the Hollins Ferry Road area of Baltimore County, police said.

Police describe the gunman as 23 to 25 years old, and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He is a white male of slim build, with long brown hair and a mustache.

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call county police at 992-2266 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888.

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