Bail hearing being held in robberies Man captured in Va. suspected in a dozen armed robberies.

March 12, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A bail review hearing in Towson District Court was scheduled today for a 19-year-old man who has been linked to at least a dozen armed robberies in the Baltimore area, Baltimore County police said.

Sadiyq Abdullah Muhammed, also known as Tony Bedford, of the 5400 block of Bucknell Road in northeast Baltimore, was extradited from Virginia yesterday and was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $1.5 million bail, police said.

Muhammed was arrested Saturday at the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport when he failed to produce identification when attempting to purchase a one-way ticket to Philadelphia.

When captured, Muhammed had nearly $3,600 in cash in a briefcase, Newport News police said.

In Newport News General District Court yesterday, Muhammed waived extradition and was immediately brought back to Baltimore County, where he appeared before a District Court commissioner who ordered him held on $1.5 million bond pending today's bail review hearing, police said.

Allegedly identified by several surveillance cameras at robbery scenes, Muhammed has been charged with eight armed robberies in the city and four in the county, police said.

Police believe Muhammed is a member of a shotgun-toting gang of men who have committed more than 20 robberies of fast-food outlets, restaurants, food markets and other places where large sums of money are handled.

The exact amount of cash taken in the robberies is not known, but police have described it as "very large."

Police said Muhammed's fingerprints were found at the Food Place supermarket in the 8500 block of Liberty Road that was robbed Feb. 21 and at the Holiday Inn, in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, which was robbed Feb. 28. The motel's desk manager was shot and seriously wounded in that incident.

Police said Muhammed also is a suspect in the March 7 armed robbery of the State Employees Credit Union, in the 8500 block of La Salle Road in Towson that saw several employees held hostage by a gunman, not Muhammed, who gave up when he realized his accomplices had fled the scene without him.

That robbery netted the robbers who eluded capture nearly $37,000, police said.

Following his court appearance today in Towson, Muhammed is expected to be turned over to Baltimore police, who have charged him in warrants with eight armed robberies of food markets and fast-food outlets.

The FBI is expected to charge Muhammed in connection with the credit union robbery since the money is federally insured.

Virginia authorities said they would leave the fugitive from justice charge against Muhammed open until April 10.

Police said that despite the arrests of at least three men allegedly connected to the shotgun gang, the group has not been broken and has apparently recruited others to take the place of those in custody.

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