Armed Pair Holes Up In Eastport Attic

Police beat

April 03, 1992

Two men armed with a revolver broke into an Eastport home early yesterday and locked themselves in the attic during a two-hour standoff with police.

Annapolis police surrounded the house in the 1300 block of Colony Drive shortly after midnight after receiving several emergency calls from neighbors who reported hearing screaming and gunshots.

The homeowner, William Cook Sr., met police in the yard and told them that two men carrying a gun broke in and threatened his family, police said.

When the officers identified themselves, Cook's 17-year-old daughter, Tawana, ran screaming out the front door, while the two suspects drew back from the windows, police said.

The men escaped to the upstairs attic, where they stayed for nearly two hours. At2 a.m., the men dropped the .38-caliber revolver to the officers andclimbed down from the attic.

Police identified the suspects as Michael A. White, 20, of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn, andCharles Ford, 21, of the 1100 block of Madison St. in Annapolis. Both were charged with assault with intent to murder, breaking and entering, and weapons violations, police said.

OFFICER SUSPENDED PENDING REPORT PROBE

A county police officer has been charged with making afalse auto theft report to Baltimore County police and has been suspended from his duties.

Gary Allen Thorn Jr., a patrol officer at the Northern District station, reported to Baltimore County police Sept. 29 that his 1988 Ford Ranger truck had been stolen.

Baltimore County police are investigating whether Thorn made false statements tohis insurance company, police said.

Thorn, 28, will be suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

CITY HOBBY STORE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

A gunman robbed an Annapolis hobby store Wednesday afternoon, county police reported.

Police said a man walked into Annapolis Hobbycrafters in Parole Plaza at 7 p.m. and demanded money from the cashier.

The clerk gave him money and he left the store. The gunman was described only as a black man in his 20s.

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