Robbery Suspect Sought

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October 23, 1991

ELDERSBURG — State police in Westminster were searching late yesterday for a suspect in the robbery of the Westminster Bank and Trust Monday afternoon.

Police said the man, who was dressed in a business suit, enteredthe bank in the 2000 block of Liberty Road at 11:45 a.m. and gave a teller a note demanding money.

The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash, which he placed in a brown brief case, police said.

He ran to a waiting dark blue Datsun B-210 driven by a woman in her 20s, police said. A preschool-age child was in the front seat.

Police said no weapon was displayed during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a black man,30 to 35, wearing a gray or light brown business suit, gray cab driver's hat and black wire-rim sunglasses.

Anyone with information onthe crime is asked to call state police at 848-3111.



TAYLORSVILLE -- State police have charged a Winchester, Va., man with armed robbery in connection with a hold-up at the High's convenience store Oct. 16.

In addition to the armed robbery, 24-year-old Charles Franklin Adams III also was charged with robbery and theft, said Tfc. William P. Corun.

Adams isbeing held at the Frederick County Detention Center on armed robberycharges in connection with a bank robbery there, Corun said.

Corun said Adams is expected to be arraigned on the Carroll charges some time this week.

Police said employees at the High's told them a man entered the store around 3 a.m. and said he had a handgun under hisshirt.

He demanded all of the money from the store's cash registers, and then fled the store to a waiting car.

Police said the suspect later was seen leaving a gas station driving west on Route 26.

A short time later, a deputy in the Frederick County Sheriff's Department was involved in a high-speed chase with the suspect near the Carroll/Frederick county line.

The chase continued into the city of Frederick, where the suspect crashed his car and fled on foot. He wasapprehended by a Frederick City police officer, police said.

Police did not release the amount of money stolen from the High's store.


A state medical examiner has identified remainsfound on a Harney farm Oct. 6 as those of a 28-year-old Pennsylvaniamother of two.

Dr. David A. Chiasson told state police in Westminster Monday that the remains were those of Holly Haynes Blake, who disappeared from her Bonneauville, Pa., home Sept. 26.

Chiasson was able to make the identification from Blake's dental records.

Statepolice continue to question a former East Berlin, Pa., man in Blake's disappearance and death.

Blake was last seen getting into a car driven by James Howard VanMetre III, police said.

Police believe VanMetre drove Blake to the Harney farm on Baptist Road where VanMetre's brother rents a home. A fight ensued, and Blake was strangled, said Cpl. Wayne Moffatt.

He said police believe Blake's killer set her body on fire and then scattered the ashes.

VanMetre was charged Oct. 8 with rape, kidnapping, burglary and other charges in connection with a September attack on a woman who lives near his parents' EastBerlin, Pa., home.

He is being held at the Adams County DetentionCenter on $250,000 bond.



FINKSBURG -- A 42-year-old Cedarhurst Road man was struck and killed by a car on Old Westminster Pike near Murray Road, state police reported.

Police said Roy Wayne Simons was walking in the eastbound lane of Old Westminster Pike when the accident occurred just after 7 p.m.

Simons was struck by a 1990 Geo Prizm driven by Jay Chandler Blackmon, 29, of Perry Hall, police reports show.

Simons was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The accident is under investigation. No charges had been filed as of late yesterday.


Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police,is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the theft of diamond ring from a home in the 700 block of Old Manchester Road in Westminster.

Police said thehalf-carat marquis-cut ring was taken from the home some time between 9 a.m. Aug. 26 and 7 p.m. Aug. 29.

The house was not forcibly entered, police said. They believe the ring was taken from a first-floor bedroom near the front door.

Police did not release the ring's value.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe youmay know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


Three county residents were injured in separate automobileaccidents over the weekend.

State police said the first accident occurred late Saturday night when a 1982 Honda Accord heading south on Jasontown Road skidded off the road and struck a tree.

Police said the car was driven by 16-year-old Jennifer Ellen Baker of the 6000block of Keysville Road in Keymar.

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