Motel Clerk Refuses To Give Robber Cash

Police beat

September 18, 1991

A man with a gun threatened to rob a Laurel motel Saturday, but the clerk on duty refused to hand over any money and the would-be robber ran away with nothing, county police said.

The man came to the front entrance of the Econo Lodge Inn, located in the 9700 block of U.S.1, at 11:30 p.m. and asked to be buzzed through the electronic door,police said.

After the clerk allowed the man in, he inquired about the price of a room, but before the clerk could tell him, he pulled a handgun out of the waistband of his pants, police said.

He demanded money, but the clerk, who had been robbed earlier this month, said she would not give him any, police said.

The man walked out and reportedly told her, "You're lucky I didn't kill you," police said.

Police areinvestigating whether the man may have been responsible for an armedrobbery that occurred 90 minutes later at a Holiday Inn on Ritchie Highway in Anne Arundel County.


A 31-year-old Columbia man was knocked to the ground and robbed Thursday after being confronted by four teen-agers on a footbridge over U.S.29, county police said.

The victim reported that he was crossing the bridge, located near the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road, shortly before 8:30 p.m., when one of the four boys approached him and asked for his money, police said.

When the victim reported that he was carrying no cash, the boy pulled out a switchblade, police said. One of the other teen-agers began searching the man and found a small amount of cash in his pocket.

The youth then threw the victim's eyeglasses to the ground and struck him in the back with some type of solid object, police said. The boys then left.

Police said the victim suffered abump on the head but did not require transportation to the hospital.


A Laurel gas station store clerk was assaulted and robbed Monday by a man who grabbed him from behind, county police said.

The incident occurred at 1:55 a.m. in the Crown gas station store in the 9200 block of All Saints Road, when a man posing as a customer grabbed the clerk behind the counter, police said.

The robber, who had said he wanted to buy a six-pack of soda, took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. He then ran off on All Saints Road.

Police said the clerk was not injured.


The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating a suspicious fire Sunday that caused minor damage to a loading dock at Patuxent Valley Middle Schoolin Savage, county police said.

The fire was set sometime before 2a.m., when someone apparently poured gasoline on wood pallets and ignited it, police said. No one was injured in the incident, and the fire did not spread to the building, located in the 9100 block of Vollmerhausen Road.


A man armed with a silver handgun robbed cash and cigarettes Saturday night from an Ellicott City convenience store, county police said.

The man enteredthe Royal Farm store shortly before 9:55 p.m. and pulled out a gun moments after asking a clerk for a pack of cigarettes, police said.

After taking a pack of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, the gunman fled, police said.

The clerk was notinjured.

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