Two Anne Arundel County police officers lured a suspected holdup man out of his home yesterday when they showed up in front of his house in a cab that the suspect ordered after he allegedly robbed a convenience store.
County police said a man arrived at the 7-Eleven store in the 500 block of Donaldson Ave. in Severn about 5 a.m. yesterday by taxi and after paying the fare entered the store.
The man implied he was armed with a gun and ordered a clerk to give him money from the cash register, police said. The man DTC then ran out of the store toward Myers Drive with an undisclosed amount of money.
Officers Robert Creech and Terry Wilson of the Western District responded to the holdup scene and learned the man had arrived there by cab and a resident of Myers Drive had just ordered a cab to pick him up at his home.
Suspicious, Creech and Wilson hailed a cab from the same company the holdup man used earlier and told the driver to take them to the Myers Drive address.
A few minutes later, the cab occupied by Creech and Wilson pulled up in front a house in the 7800 block of Myers Drive and waited.
Moments later, a man left his home and walked to the cab, police said.
Creech and Wilson arrested the man without incident.
Police said an employee of the 7-Eleven arrived at the scene and identified the man as the one who held up the store.
A search of the man's Myers Drive house turned up clothing that the store employee identified as being worn at the time of the robbery.
Police said Hilton Edward Brooks, 22, was charged with armed robbery and using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Police said a search of Brooks' home failed to turn up a weapon, despite the original police broadcast that said the robber was armed.
Police said Brooks was held overnight at the county's detention center pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner.