Two men rob home, threaten its occupants

August 01, 1991|By Roger Twigg

Two armed men wearing masks and gloves terrorized several young people in a house in Phoenix yesterday, stealing nearly $3,000 and shooting at a Baltimore County police officer as they escaped, police said.

John Cleveland White III, 26, of the 700 block of Stoney Mill Court, Cockeysville, was arrested last night when he went to police headquarters in Towson to pick up a car left behind at the scene of the crime, police said.

They said Mr. White called police nearly six hours after the shooting to report his car stolen. He was charged with attempting to murder a police officer, burglary, armed robbery and a handgun violation. He was held without bond. A bail review is scheduled today.

Police said a second suspect was still being sought last night.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman, said earlier that two men -- one carrying a sawed-off shotgun, the other a handgun -- had been seen running into a cornfield next to the house in the 12600 block of Dulaney Valley Road, Phoenix.

The house, occupied by several members of a band and frequented by other young people, was the scene of a party Saturday attended by some 500 people, according to one of the young people staying at the house. Investigators said the suspects may have surveyed the house while attending the party.

The gunmen stole $2,800 that two of the residents had intended to use for a trip to California, police said.

The gunmen entered the house through the unlocked front door just before 3:30 a.m. and threatened three people who were playing video games in the living room, said a man who was staying at the house but declined to be identified by name.

A man who was asleep in the basement was awakened by the noise, telephoned police and ran to a neighbor's house. As Officer David Y. McKay arrived the two gunmen were climbing through the broken glass of a locked rear door.

The thief with the handgun fired once at Officer McKay but missed, then disappeared into the cornfield. Sergeant Doarnberger said the pair apparently left behind a 1986 Ford Escort that was reported stolen several hours later from Homeland in Baltimore.

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