ROBBERY/SHOOTING: Northeastern District -- Police reported an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg during an armed robbery last night inside a city Department of Recreation and Parks recreation center in the 4600 block of Furley Ave. Police said that about 7:30 p.m., during a basketball game, an unidentified man armed with a handgun was in the process of robbing a 17-year-old male resident of the 4400 block of Franconia Road of his gold jewelry when someone struck the gunman's hand. Police said the weapon discharged, striking a bystander, Anthony Scott, 18, of the 4900 block of Crenshaw Ave., in the left leg. Police said the gunman fled the center with the robbery victim's 18-inch gold chain. Police said Scott was taken to Union Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for the wound. Police said people entering the center last night were required to sign their name and that the list of names was being checked to see if the gunman was among the signees.
ROBBER SOUGHT: Central District -- Police said a man fitting the description of a City Jail escapee robbed the Signet Bank branch in the first block of S. Charles St. Tuesday morning of about $2,000. Police said film taken from a security camera showed a man believed by police to be Wayne Maurice Byrd, 37, of the 5900 block of Radecke Ave., receiving money from a teller and then fleeing. Police said Byrd, who was in jail awaiting transfer to a federal prison, escaped Dec. 31 when he and another jail inmate hid inside a trash truck that left the jail. In addition to Tuesday's robbery, police suspect Byrd has robbed at least two other banks in the downtown area since his escape. Police said Byrd was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison for the Aug. 6 robbery of the Loyola Federal Savings and Loan in the 100 block of S. Charles St., directly across the street from the Signet Bank.
ARRESTS: Western District -- Police arrested two men Tuesday evening and charged each with two counts of burglary and one with shooting at a man who saw them leaving the scene of a break-in. Police said two men broke into the basement of the Vernon Bailey funeral establishment in the 1300 block of N. Calhoun St., knocked a hole in a wall and entered a home next door. After removing property from the house and placing it in the funeral establishment, they were spotted leaving the funeral establishment by Derrick Fuqua, who lives on Calhoun Street. Police said one of the men fired three shots at Fuqua, none of which struck him. Police arrived moments later and arrested Antonio Thomas, of the 1700 block of N. Dukeland St., and Tony Randall-El, of the 1900 block of Harlem Ave. Police said that in addition to burglary, Randall-El was charged with shooting at Fuqua. Police said Thomas and Randall-El appeared before a District Court commissioner, who ordered them held at the City Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail each.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Employees of the J.J. Newberry department store in the 6000 block of Moravia Park Drive reported to police that after several youths entered the store and went to a video game section, at least one of them forced the locks from two machines and removed an unknown quantity of coins. After the money was removed, police said, the group left the store.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Police said a delivery man for Pizz-A-Boli in the 1700 block of E. Northern Parkway was getting out of his car in the 5300 block of Plymouth Road yesterday when he was accosted by a man and his female companion who ordered him to give up his money. Police said the victim gave the couple more than $100. Police said the man was armed with RRTC knife and that the couple drove off in a gray Dodge Omni.
THEFT/ARREST: Northeastern District -- Police yesterday responded to the G.C. Murphy department store in the 3900 block of Erdman Ave. and arrested a man who was stopped by employees when he attempted to leave without paying for merchandise valued at nearly $49. Police said the man was held overnight at the Eastern District station pending formal theft charges and a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 1800 block of E. 31st St. told police someone broke into his home by forcing a door and removed property valued at $100. Police said two youths in their midteens were being sought.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- James Kearns, of the 2800 block of Beechland Ave., reported that while his 1986 Ford was parked near his home yesterday someone broke into the vehicle and removed property valued at $200. Police said entry was gained by opening a side door.