Man making deposit is ambushed at bank

April 20, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Peter Hermann is a reporter for the Anne Arundel County Sun, a suburban edition of The Baltimore Sun.

A Domino's Pizza deliveryman helping a manager make a bank deposit early yesterday morning in Linthicum was ambushed and shot at seven times by a gunman who had been lurking in tall grass, Anne Arundel County police said.

Wayne Christopher Richardson, 22, was not struck by any gunfire. He suffered a cut on his arm when the jeep he was driving overturned as he tried to drive away from the suspect, who was shooting at him.

Police say Mr. Richardson of Linthicum was scouting out the parking lot of Maryland National Bank in the 200 block of Benton Avenue about 2 a.m. when he saw a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun lying behind the bank.

Mr. Richardson put his car in reverse and started backing up. The man stood up and fired seven shots, hitting the jeep once.

Mr. Richardson lost control of the jeep and it overturned, landing on its left side.

"The suspect then put the gun in the jeep and told [Mr. Richardson] to give him the bag," the police report says. "Mr. Richardson said he told the suspect that he did not have it, that it was in the car that was following him."

The suspect then ran off.

Mr. Richardson stayed in his jeep for a few minutes to make sure the attacker had left and then walked to a nearby fire station and called police.

"In the last couple of years, we have had several incidents where pizza drivers are held up," said police spokesman V. Richard Molloy. "It is unusual we have someone opening fire on them."

The police report says it is common practice for Domino's to send two people to banks while making early morning deposits. In this case, Mr. Richardson was driving around the bank while the manager, Sheri Lewis, was trailing behind carrying $250 in receipts.

"We usually have them go around the bank to make sure nobody is there," said Paul Noblitt, security director for Domino's Pizza. "It is safer than to send one person walking in there."

Mr. Noblitt said the cars Mr. Richardson and Ms. Lewis were driving were not marked with any Domino's insignia. "We try not to draw any attention to the fact we are making a bank deposit," he said.

Mr. Richardson was treated at Harbor Hospital Center, where he received 13 stitches on his arm.

Police say they found seven 9mm shells near the jeep and one hole in the right front fender. Officer Molloy said police had no suspects.

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