Man Charged In Robberies

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November 03, 1991

WESTMINSTER — State police have charged a Randallstown man with a third robbery ofa Carroll County bank.

Gregory Eric Mercer, 26, was charged last weekend with armed robbery, robbery and assault in connection with a holdup of the Carroll County Bank and Trust in the Eldersburg Shopping Center Oct. 25.

He was charged with the same offenses in connection with a holdupat the Carroll County Bank and Trust in the 3000 block of Gamber Road in Finksburg Oct. 24.

On Friday, state police charged Mercer in connection with a robbery Oct. 21 of the Westminster Bank and Trust branch in the 2000 block of Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Police saidthe robbery occurred at 11:45 a.m. when a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note.

The man, who was dressed in a business suit, ran with an undisclosed amount of money to a blue Datsun B-210 driven by a black female in her 20s. A preschool-age child was in the front seat, police said.

Mercer was being held late Friday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.



City police have charged a city man with first-degree rape less than five months after a Carroll jury cleared hima similar charge in another case.

City police charged Jose Rodriguez Rosas, 39, with first-degree rape, a first-degree sex offense andbattery in connection with an attack on an 18-year-old woman Oct. 25.

According to court documents, the woman told police she was alone with Rosas just after 11:30 p.m. on Fair Avenue.

She said he placed a knife to her throat and forced her into nearby woods where he raped her.

The victim's name is being withheld to protect her privacy.

Rosas was being held without bail late Friday at the Carroll County Detention Center.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 26.

In the previous rape case, Rosas was charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in the office of the Wakefield Valley Golf Course on Oct. 20, 1990.

The girl told police Rosas placed a knife to her throat, forced her to disrobe and then raped her.

A Carroll jury of 11 men and one woman acquitted Rosas of all of the charges.



A 49-year-old West Liberty Road woman was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore and released after a Wednesday morning accident.

State police said Janette J. Shamer was flown to the hospital by state police helicopter after the accident in which a truck overturned on her car.

The 7:15 a.m. accident occurred when Shamer attempted to make a left turn off of Liberty Road near South Carroll High School, police said.

Her car collided with a dump truck driven by 54-year-old Fred A. Miller of Gettysburg, Pa.

Police said Millerwas trying to pass Shamer's car when the accident occurred.

Afterthe impact, the cars skidded across the road and into a ditch.

The truck tipped over on the car when it rolled up the embankment.

Miller was not injured in the crash, police said.


One county man and two Reisterstown residents were listed in serious but stable condition late Friday at the Shock Trauma Center following two separate car accidents last weekend.

A Spring Grove, Pa. man, Francisco Alejandres, was killed in the second accident, whichoccurred early Sunday morning.

Police said the accident occurred around 1 a.m. when Alejandres, traveling west on Route 140 in a 1987 Pontiac Firebird, crossed the grass median strip, entered the east lanes of Route 140 and struck a 1990 Ford truck head-on, police said.

The truck was driven by Timothy Reger, 22. Reger and his passenger,Kimberly A. Jefferson, 21, were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore by ambulance.

The earlier accident occurred just before 4 p.m. when 21-year-old Timothy Baum ofLiberty Road was traveling south on Route 27 just north of Sams Creek Road.

Police said Baum, driving a 1979 Pontiac Bonneville, apparently crossed the center line and struck a C. J. Miller Construction truck heading north on Route 27.

The truck was driven by Anthony Schafer of Hampstead. He was not injured in the crash.

Baum suffered head and chest injuries.

No charges were filed in the accident.


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 vandalism of a car parked at the Sandymount Park and Ride.

Police said the car was hit with ablunt object sometime between 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 6.

The front windshield and two windows on the drivers side were dented, and a dent was made in the front driver's side door, police said.

No estimate of the damage on the car was given.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may 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.


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