Man is held in robbery Car is key to arrest in holdup of 8 at house.

August 01, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A Cockeysville man has been arrested and charged with robbing several residents of a Dulaney Valley Road home yesterday and the attempted murder of an officer responding to the scene.

A second man remains at large.

Police said John Cleveland White 3rd, 26, of the 700 block of Stoney Mill Court, was arrested and charged at 9 p.m. yesterday at Towson police headquarters after being questioned by the robbery squad.

Police said a 1986 Ford Escort registered to White was found less than two blocks from the robbery.

Later, police contacted White and requested that he come to police headquarters to explain what the car was doing there.

At 9 a.m. yesterday, nearly six hours after the robbery, White had reported to city police that his car was stolen from the 200 block of Witherspoon Road in Homeland.

County police said the car could not have been stolen from Witherspoon Road when White said it was because it already had been found near the robbery scene, a house at 12616 Dulaney Valley Road, and seized as evidence.

White was placed in the Towson District lockup and held overnight without bail pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

Police said the car was found on Windemere Parkway near Dulaney Valley Road moments after the robbery of eight people in the house was reported. Its engine was still warm.

White was charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, using a handgun in the commission of a felony, burglary and the attempted murder of Cpl. David McKay, of the Cockeysville District.

Police said McKay was responding to a report of trouble at the house at 3:30 a.m. and was walking toward the rear when he heard glass breaking as two men crashed out of a rear first-floor room.

Before the men entered a nearby cornfield, one turned and fired a shot at McKay.

"I heard the bullet whiz past my head," McKay said today.

Entering the home, McKay found seven men and a woman, ages 18 to 23, who reported being robbed by two armed men dressed in black and wearing stocking masks. A ninth resident had slipped out of a basement room and called police from another house. He was not robbed.

The residents told police the men entered the house through an unlocked front door and threatened the victims at gunpoint. During the robbery, which netted the gunmen nearly $3,000, one resident was struck on the head. The money belonged to two residents who were preparing for a trip to California, police said.

Police said the house had been the scene of a large party Saturday night. The two robbers reportedly attended the party and knew that the money was in the house, police said.

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