WESTMINSTER — Two Howard County men were charged yesterday with armed robbery, assault and theft in connection with the Aug. 23 holdup of a Sykesville pharmacy.
Kenneth Ray Perkins Jr., 21, of the 1800 block Morell Park Road, and Daniel Mark Berman, 18, of the 10300 block Six Pence Circle in Columbia, were brought before a Carroll court commissioner andcharged.
Perkins and Berman also have been charged in a rash of armed robberies in Howard County.
Both men are being held in the Howard County Detention Center -- Berman without bail, and Perkins on $155,000 bond.
The Carroll commissioner ordered Berman held without bond on the Sykesville charges; Perkins' bond was set at $250,000.
Police say both men entered McDougall's Pharmacy about 12:20 p.m. and wandered around before pointing a 9mm handgun at the manager.
They are charged with stealing $4,526.68 in drugs, cash, money orders and checks from the store, court documents show.
Perkins is charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of robbery, two counts of assault with intent to rob, one count of assault, one countof battery and a count of theft over $300.
Berman is charged withrobbery with a deadly weapon, robbery, assault and assault with intent to rob.
Perkins, Berman and an Ellicott City youth were arrested by Howard County police shortly after the Sept. 10 robbery of a video store in Glenelg.
Police investigators received a tip linking the two men to 17-year-old Nicholas Alexander Vennari, of the 3200 block Normandy Woods Drive in Ellicott City.
The investigators went to Vennari's home after hearing of the video store robbery and were waiting for the three men when they drove up in a white car matching the description of the getaway car.
Vennari is charged with five counts of armed robbery in the Howard cases.
Jennifer Williams, 17, of the 10000 block Green Clover Drive in Ellicott City, was arrested and charged as an adult Sept. 30 as an accessory in at least five of the robberies. Police say she was the driver of the getaway car.
Police said the key lead in the case came from a citizen who offered them a tip through the Metro Crime Stoppers hot line.