Baltimore County police have obtained arrest warrants identifying a 19-year-old man as a suspect in three armed robberies, including Thursday night's holdup of a Pikesville motel in which an assistant manager was shot in the abdomen.
Sadiyq Abdullah Muhammed, also known as Tony Bedford, was charged in warrants obtained late Saturday with attempted murder, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery, said a county police spokesman, E. Jay Miller.
He said that the suspect lives in Baltimore city but that his address is unknown. He was described as black, with a clean-shaven head, a small gold ring in his right nostril and a tattoo of the word "Israel" on his left arm. He is about 5 feet 8 inches and weighs about 145 pounds.
Mr. Muhammed is being sought in connection with three of the most recent robberies in which groups of bandits with semiautomatic weapons and shotguns have terrorized employees and customers in grocery stores, fast-food restaurants and other Baltimore-area businesses in recent months.
He was charged with armed robbery and attempted murder in the holdup of the Holiday Inn in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road. In that robbery, three gunmen walked into the motel about 6 p.m. and ordered three employees behind the front desk to open the safe.
When they were unable to work the combination with guns pointed at them, one of the men fired his weapon. The bullet grazed the side of one woman before hitting and seriously injuring the night manager, Robert McNeil, 34.
Police have also charged Mr. Muhammed with an unsuccessful attempt to rob the Imperial Pontiac-Nissan dealership in the 1700 block of Woodlawn Drive just a half-hour earlier. At 5:30 p.m., two gunmen walked into the dealership and ordered two employees to open the safe.
The employees were struck with the guns when they did not move quickly enough, and then the men fled.
Mr. Muhammed also was charged in the Feb. 21 holdup of The Food Place in the 8500 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown. Three men with shotguns and a handgun burst through the front door of the grocery at 8:20 p.m. and announced a holdup.
One robber jumped through the bulletproof glass of the supermarket's office,where a manager and clerk were counting money. The manager, William J. Buckholz, was struck in the head with a gun when he did not lie down fast enough.
Police said it was possible the suspect might be connected to other, similar robberies that have occurred in the city and Baltimore County in recent months.
Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call the county's robbery squad at 887-2017.