ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- Police reported three men, two with handguns, entered the McDonald's fast-food outlet in the 4200 block of Mortimer Ave. shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday and forced an employee into the back office. There, the gunmen forced the manager, who already was in the office, to open the safe and remove an undisclosed sum of cash. Police said the robbers placed the money inside a duffel bag they brought with them before escaping on foot.
ROBBERY/SHOOTING: Northwestern District -- Police today were seeking two men in connection with the shooting of three men during an armed robbery late Sunday night. Police said Israel Richardson, 22, of the 3700 block of Greenmount Ave.; Wayne Nelson, 25, of the 3800 block of Hayward Ave., and Early A. Wynter, 18, of the 4000 block of Rogers Ave., were in the 5200 block of Nelson Ave. when they were accosted by two gunmen who ordered them to lie on the ground. Police said the gunmen robbed the victims of their money and jewelry but that one victim resisted. Police said one or both robbers shot one victim in the lower back, right buttock and stomach. Another victim was shot in the left leg and struck on the head with a gun. The third victim was shot in the left ankle. Police said the two gunmen escaped with cash and jewelry, all of unknown valued. Police said Richardson and Wynter were taken to Sinai Hospital, where Richardson was listed in serious condition and Nelson in stable condition. Police said Wynter was treated at Liberty Medical Center for a gunshot wound of the left ankle and released.
ARREST: Eastern District -- Police last night arrested a 35-year-old woman who held four family members hostage in her East Fayette Street home with a "handgun" that turned out to be a portable hair dryer. Police said the woman, who was later taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, had been despondent over the possibility of eviction from her home and refused to allow family members to leave the house. Police said a stand-off with police began about 7 p.m. and ended three hours later, when police persuaded the woman to give up. Police said no injuries were reported during the incident.
ROBBERY/ARREST: Northwestern District -- Police arrested a man Saturday in connection with the robbery of a boutique and the robbing and kidnapping of an employee. Police said the man also attempted to kill police officers pursuing him. Police said a man entered the Etcetera Boutique in the 4700 block of Liberty Heights Ave. about 11:20 a.m. Saturday, told a clerk he wanted to buy his girlfriend a dress and asked to see some samples. Police said the man then pulled out a handgun and removed money from the cash register before filling his pockets with jewelry. Police said the man then tied up one female employee before forcing another employee, Sarah A. Wallace, 39, of Sunny Meadow Court, to drive him to a bank in the 6900 block of Liberty Road in Woodmoor, Baltimore County, where he forced her to remove money from an automatic teller machine. Shortly after Wallace and the gunman left the store, the first employee freed herself and called police. At the bank, a city police officer, looking for the robber, spotted the man and ordered him to drop his gun. The man ran behind a nearby gas station, where he got into a truck and fired a shot through the windshield at police. Police returned the fire, but did not hit the man. Police said the man then ran under the front porch of a house in the 3500 block of Hillsmere Road, where he stayed until police, using a garden hose, sprayed the underside of the porch and forced him out. Police said Shawn Sterling Crowder, of the 3100 block of Milford Ave., was being held on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault with intent to kill, auto theft and a handgun violation pending a bail hearing in District Court.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 5200 block of York Road reported that someone broke into his home over the weekend and removed property valued at nearly $2,200. Police said the intruder removed stereo equipment and a VCR.
THEFT: Northern District -- Frances Sturry, of the 2900 block of Huntingdon Ave., reported that someone entered her home over the weekend and removed cash and a set of earrings. Police said the property was valued at nearly $150.
THEFT: Northern District -- Erin Shelton, of the 4500 block of N. Charles St., told police that someone entered her home over the weekend and removed a 19-inch TV and a telephone answering machine. Police said the property was valued at nearly $250.
THEFT: Northern District -- Joseph Hall, of the first block of Bishops Gate Court in Woodlawn, reported that someone broke into his parked car over the weekend in the 500 block of E. 34th St. and removed property valued at more than $250. Police said the thief escaped with a pair of field glasses, a radio and a jacket.