Columbia Gas Station Attendant Robbed

Police, fire log

February 13, 1991

A 20-year-old gas station attendant at the Long Reach Exxon, in the 6000 block of Foreland Garth in Columbia, was bound and robbed Sundayat around 11 p.m. when he left his booth to bring inside bottles of soda and other items on display carts outside the booth.

The victim, an Ellicott City resident, was grabbed from behind by an unknown suspect and knocked to the ground, said county police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.

The suspect then placed a shirt over the victim's head, taped theshirt firmly around his neck, and taped the attendant's hands and feet together, he said.

The suspect, whom the attendant could not identify, took an undisclosed amount of money from the station's cash register and fled, Gardner said. The victim was not sure if the suspect was armed.

Police were notified of the burglary when the attendant managed to crawl back to his booth and press a silent alarm button.

The victim was transported to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated and released with minor bruises.

MAN STABBED IN HAND WHILE ON FOOTBRIDGE

An 18-year-old Guilford man was stabbed in the hand while walking along a pedestrian footbridge over Route 29 near South Entrance Road in Columbia at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The victim was confronted by a black male, about 6-foot-3 and wearing a red and black sweater, dark pants and black ski mask.

The assailant demanded the victim's money, but when the victim refused and began to run away, the suspect pulled out a knife and cut one of the victim's hands, police said.

The victim escaped with no other injuries and later was treated at and released from Howard County General Hospital, where he received several stitches.

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