Suspect In Robberies Of Pizza Hut Arrested

Police beat

March 06, 1991

A Glen Burnie man suspected in a recent string of armed robberies atPizza Hut restaurants was arrested Saturday by county police, court records said.

Robert William Mayfield, 21, admitted to detectives that he was responsible for a Feb. 20, 1990 robbery of a North LaurelPizza Hut, as well as three others in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties, the court records said.

Howard County police recently received information from Anne Arundel police detectives, who said Mayfield apparently was planning to commit another robbery at the North Laurel Pizza Hut.

Two police investigators who were assigned to watch Mayfield on Saturday saw him drive with a friend to the restaurant, in the 9100 block of Maier Road. Police observed Mayfield wearing what appeared to be a shoulder holster when he got into the car, court records said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., Mayfield parked in a nearby lot and began watching the building, police said.

At one point, Mayfield and his friend got out ofthe car and walked within a few feet of the building but did not go inside. They then returned to the car and drove away, but were stopped moments later by the officers.

A semiautomatic pellet pistol wasfound in the car, as were gloves, a nylon stocking made into a mask,a wool ski mask, and several toy weapons, the court records said.

Mayfield was arrested and charged with weapons violations and attempted robbery. In an interview with police, he later admitted to two Pizza Hut robberies in Anne Arundel County and another in Prince George's County, court records said.

Anne Arundel County police have charged Mayfield with armed robbery for two September robberies in the Crofton area, a spokesman for the department said. He is being held atthe Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $75,000 bond.


Two motorists were seriously injured Saturday night in a head-on collision on Hall Shop Road in Highland, county police said.

The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., when a northbound car driven by Jeffrey Manchester, 33, of College Park, crossed the double lines of the highway and collided with a southbound car driven by David Whitwam, 28, of Germantown, police said.

Both men were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore by state police helicopter. Whitwam was listed yesterday in satisfactory and stable condition; Manchester's condition was not available.

Police say high speed played a role in the collision, although no citations have been issued. The accident, which occurred just north of Md. 216, is still under investigation bypolice.


Three Mount Hebron High School students were injured Monday morning in a car accident in front of the Ellicott City school, county police said.

The accidentoccurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 9400 block of Old Frederick Road, with two cars and a truck involved in the collision, police and school officials said.

All three students, ages 14, 16, and 17, were treated for minor injuries at Howard County General Hospital. Police say the investigation is continuing.

Patti Vierkant, a spokeswoman for the school system, said the accident occurred near a traffic light in front of the school. The location has not been a traffichazard in the past, she said.

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