A 47-year-old Columbia man was charged Friday with robbing money bags from a shoe store manager, who was making a bank deposit when a gunman approached him, county police said.
Robert John Powell, of the5100 block of Brook Way, was charged with armed robbery, theft and ahandgun violation, police said. The robbery occurred 1:45 p.m. at the First American Bank in Columbia.
The 30-year-old victim reported that he was at the bank to drop off a deposit for Buster Brown Shoes when a man carrying a gun told him to drop the bags, police said.
After dropping the bags, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash, the victim was ordered to run away from the area, police said.
The victim ran to South Entrance Road where he flagged down a passing police cadet. A short time later, Powell was arrested on Little Patuxent Parkway near the Rouse Co. building, police said.
Powell was released from the Howard County Detention Center on unsecured bail.
ELLICOTT CITY MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
An Ellicott City man was robbed at gunpoint outside the Normandy Shopping Center Thursday by a teen-age male, police said.
The victim reported he had just walked past the teen-ager at 8:45 p.m. whenhe heard him shout something, police said.
He then turned around to see the teen-ager pointing a gun at him, police said. The man turned over his wallet and was told to run away. Police said the robber was about 17 years old with a slim build. The victim was not injured, police said.
FOUR CHARGED WITH PCP DISTRIBUTION
Four people, two of whom are juveniles, were arrested Friday on PCP distribution charges after narcotics officers raided a Savageapartment, county police said.
The narcotics office received an anonymous phone call Friday afternoon from a resident who said large amounts of PCP were being distributed from an apartment in the 8300 block of Linda Court, police said.
Police went to the apartment and smelled a strong odor of PCP, a police report said. One of the officers knocked on the door and the odor of PCP was "overpowering," police said.
The officers contacted District Judge Louis Becker about the incident and told him thatfour people in the apartment appeared to be getting ready to leave, police said.
Becker authorized a search of the apartment and the officers returned at 8:20 p.m. to find 11 quarter-ounce bags of PCP flakes, a small bottle of liquid PCP and three grams of PCP in another bag, police said.
Arrested were Eric John Ferguson, 22, who lives at the apartment, and Gary M. Blackstone, 27, of the 6900 block of Meadow Ridge Road in Elkridge. A 16-year-old from Columbia and a 17-year-old from Elkridge were also arrested.
The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents. Ferguson and Blackstone were both released from the Howard County Detention Center on unspecified bond.Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
10900 block Hickory Ridge Road: Aug. 30, a bicycle was reported stolen at 11a.m. from an unlocked garage.
10600 block High Beam Court: Sept. 3, someone attempted to steal a car of unknown make sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a residential area.
8600 block Dorsey RunRoad: Sept. 3, someone broke into a business sometime in the previous three days and stole cash, a television, a microwave oven, and two fax machines.
9200 block All Saints Road: Sept. 1, a woman reported a man snatched her purse shortly before 10:30 p.m. The woman was not injured.
9300 block Baltimore National Pike: Sept. 1, cash was reported stolen from a store entered through the rear entrance.