WESTMINSTER — A 22-year-old Walkersville man has been charged in an armed robbery spree of south Carroll gas stations early Monday morning.
State police in Westminster reported that Wayne Edward Bell of the 8300 blockof Revelation Avenue faces charges of armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, theft and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony after a spree that began around 2:30 a.m.
A gas station attendant told police that a man in a 1973 Mercury drove into the Gillis Corner Amoco Station on Sandusky Road in Sykesville, pointed a silver semiautomatic handgun at him, and ordered the attendant to give him all his money.
The attendant handed over $225, and the suspect told him to wait 15 minutes before calling the police. He said to tell the police that he was robbed by a black man, and gave the attendant a false registration tag number to use.
The attendant told police that the man told him "there would be something in it for him" if he gave the police incorrect information, police reports show.
At 2:35 a.m., the same man reportedly drove up to the Mobil Gas Station at 1400 Liberty Road in Sykesville and filled his car up with gas. He went into the store and displayed the same handgun, police said.
The attendant then backed away from the cash register, and the suspect removed $255 from the cash drawer. He told the attendant not to call the police, but then added that he should tell them the suspect was a black male, police said.
Before the man left the store, he disabled the telephone.
Police said the man then drove west on Route 26 and pulled into the Crown Gas Station at Route 26and Route 32. He again stopped at the pump and put $1 worth of gas into the car before approaching the attendant, who was locked inside the store.
When the attendant saw the gun, he ran into the back office. The suspect put the gun through a small hole in the glass window and fired one shot, missing the attendant, police said.
The suspect then drove west on Route 26, police said.
A Sykesville police officer arrived at the first gas station and began investigating. As more emergency calls were received, state police from the Westminsterbarracks began searching the area for the suspect, police said.
Tfc. Rudolph S. Hansen spotted a suspect at Route 26 and Old Liberty Road. When the suspect saw the officer, he abandoned his car and ran into nearby woods.
Baltimore County K-9 Unit dogs were used to findthe suspect in the woods. He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital where he was treated for minor bites from the dogs, said Cpl. Wayne Moffatt.
A handgun later was found in the woods by the state police Crime Lab Unit, Moffatt said.
In addition to the other charges, Bell was charged with assault with intent to rob and misdemeanorassault.
He was being held late yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.
Moffatt said Bell is wanted on other criminal and traffic offenses in five other jurisdictions including Howard and Frederick counties.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
5:36 p.m., Taneytown responded to a wash detail on East Baltimore Street.
1:55 p.m, Westminster and Reese responded to afire alarm on East Main Street.
2:32 a.m., Winfield, Sykesville and Gamber responded to a shed fire on Old Liberty Road.
11:28 a.m., Hampstead and Manchester responded to a field fire on Gunpowder Road in Baltimore County.
5:33 p.m., Manchester, Lineboro and Hampstead responded to a gas grill on fire on Ebbvale Road.
6:51 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a brush fire on Buffalo Road.
9:56 a.m., New Windsor responded to a smoke investigation on Cardinal Drive.
4:42 p.m., Union Bridge responded to a wash detail on Whyte Street.