Prince George's County police have arrested a man they say is responsible for as many as a dozen armed robberies in three Maryland counties during the last two months.
Archie Anthony Hawk, 51, of no fixed address, was being held yesterday in the Prince George's County Detention Center on a $225,000 bond after police arrested him Friday outside the Red Roof Inn in the 12000 block of Laurel-Bowie Road in Laurel.
Police also say Hawk is an accomplice of 24-year-old Harold Rogers, who was charged last week with assaulting and kidnapping a county police officer Aug. 28. Investigators say Hawk is the boyfriend of Rogers' mother, Crofton resident Connie Rogers.
Hawk is charged with armed robberies in Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Montgomery counties -- at least two of the robberies believed committed with Rogers.
The two men worked together in Prince George's and Montgomery counties during the two months since Rogers escaped from Officer Janice Schwartz, the officer he is charged with beating and kidnapping, said Cpl. Mark Polk, a Prince George's police spokesman.
Polk said Hawk and Rogers are charged with the Nov. 15 robbery of the New Carrollton Shell gas station in the 8300 block of Annapolis Road.
Montgomery County police say Hawk and Rogers robbed the Racket and Jog store in the 12000 block of Parklawn Drive in Rockville early this month, although a spokesman could not give the exact date.
"This one was really bold," Sgt. Harry Geehreng said. "These guys were in the store for a long time. They came in at about noon and a half an hour later, they announced the robbery. As the robbery was going on, customers kept coming in and they forced them all against the wall."
Hawk also is charged with robbing the Riggs Road Food Mart in the 7400 block of Riggs Road in Hyattsville on Nov. 8 and with the Nov. 11 robbery of the People's Drug store in the 1300 block of Crain Highway in Bowie, Polk said.
Anne Arundel County robbery Sgt. George Johnson said Hawk also is wanted for the Nov. 6 robbery of the Soda Pop Shop on Johns Hopkins Road in Crofton.
Montgomery County police also have issued warrants charging Hawk with five armed robberies there.
Sgt. Geehreng said Hawk is wanted in the Nov. 12 robbery of the Brookville Pharmacy in Chevy Chase, during which investigators said he took money and 1,000 tablets of Valium and the synthetic pain killer Dilaudid.
Other robberies Montgomery police say Hawk committed include: the Nov. 4 hold-up of Adrian's Market in Gaithersburg; the Nov. 18 robbery of the Chevy Chase Supermarket; and the Nov. 19 robbery of Kensington Pharmacy in Kensington.
Polk said robbery detectives received a tip that Hawk was staying at a hotel in the Laurel area and began watching the building. Detectives arrested Hawk as he was leaving the Red Roof Inn about 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Police searched the hotel room and found a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun, Polk said.
Rogers and his wife, Sharon Denise Rogers, 28, were arrested at another Prince George's County hotel last Thursday morning.
Rogers is being held without bond in the Prince George's County Detention Center. He is also charged with four armed robberies after the Aug. 28 kidnapping of Schwartz.
Police said Schwartz was taking Rogers to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center when he hit her in the face, grabbed her gun and forced her to drive to Crofton, where he met his wife. The couple released the officer before driving away in another car.
Anne Arundel County police have charged Rogers with assault with intent to murder and with kidnapping. Sharon Rogers is charged with kidnapping.
She was being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond yesterday.