ESCAPEE ARRESTED: Western District -- A man who escaped from the Maryland Penitentiary in February was arrested early yesterday after he lost control of the stolen car he was driving and crashed into a wall. Officer Jerry Tarud reported that he was in a patrol car in the first block of N. Gorman Ave. about 3:20 a.m. when he passed a late-model Toyota Camry, whose driver looked at him in a suspicious manner. Officer Tarud said that as he slowed to make a U-turn, the driver of the other car accelerated, then lost control of the car and crashed into a wall. The uninjured driver bailed out of the car and was arrested in the 2100 block of Vine St. after a brief chase. A fingerprint check revealed the man was Patrick McCray, 23, who escaped from prison two months ago while serving a 9-year term for armed robbery. Officer Tarud said McCray, who first identified himself as Michael Smith, was charged with auto theft and was being held at the station lockup in lieu of $10,000 bail. He said a detainer on the escape charge has been placed against McCray. Officer Tarud said the car, which had a screwdriver stuck in its ignition, was reported stolen Monday in the Western District.
ROBBERY: Western District -- A woman reported she was walking in the 200 block of N. Schroeder St. shortly before 1 a.m. yesterday when she was accosted by a man with a knife, who robbed her of cash and food stamps. Police said the victim, who lives in the 1100 block of W. Mulberry St., reported that the money and stamps had a combined value of more than $700.
ROBBERY: Western District -- A resident of the 800 block of W. Fayette St. reported he was in the 1300 block of W. Fayette St. yesterday when he was stopped by two men, one armed with a handgun, who robbed him of $20 and drove off in a maroon car bearing a Pennsylvania license plate.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Someone broke into a dwelling in the 300 block of N. Carey St. through a rear door Tuesday or yesterday and stole four VCRS, several pieces of jewelry, blank checks and a TV. Police said the value of the property was not immediately known.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Someone broke into an apartment in the 700 block of N. Carey St. by knocking a hole in the hallway wall. Once inside, the intruder stole a TV, watch, three pairs of shoes and a money order for more than $200. Police said the total value of the property was not immediately available.
ROBBERY: Western District -- A resident of the 600 block of N. Carrollton Ave. reported he was walking in the 800 block of N. Carrollton Ave. yesterday afternoon when he was stopped by a man with a handgun, who robbed him of $117 and a diamond ring valued at $1,100.
THEFTS: Northern District -- Several cars parked on the lots of two churches in the 5400 and 5600 blocks of N. Charles St. were broken into while their owners were inside the buildings. Police said three cars parked on the lot of the Grace United Methodist Church, at 5407 N. Charles St., were broken into and various items stolen. Members of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society were inside the church rehearsing for a weekend concert. Police said four cars parked on the lot of the Church of the Redeemer at 5603 N. Charles St. also were broken into and property stolen. Police said the incidents appeared related and items stolen included clothing, keyboards, cassette tapes, books, a telephone and a purse. Police said a 1992 Honda Civic with Virginia plates that was parked on the lot of the Methodist church was stolen and probably used to transport the stolen property. Police said several other cars parked at the two churches were broken into but it was not immediately known if any property was taken.
ROBBERY: Southern District -- A resident of the 800 block of Hollins St. reported she was walking near her home late Tuesday night when she was stopped by a man with a handgun who stole her purse, which contained cash and property valued at nearly $200.
ROBBERY: Southern District -- Two out-of-town residents walking in the 200 block of S. Charles St. Tuesday night were stopped by a man with a handgun who ordered them to give up their money. Police said Charles Edwards, of North Carolina, was robbed of $125 and his companion, Lee Sowell, of South Carolina, was robbed of his watch and cash, all valued at more than $200.
THEFT/ARRESTS: Southern District -- Police arrested three youths early yesterday and charged them as juveniles with stealing a motorcycle from a resident of the 3000 block of Hollins Ferry Road. Police said the motorcycle was recovered and the youths were released to the custody of their parents pending action by juvenile authorities.
ASSAULT: Southern District -- Jesse Loudy, of the 300 block of S. Vincent St., reported that during an argument with another man in the 1700 block of W. Lombard St. he was struck with a brick. Police said the other man escaped and Mr. Loudy was taken to a hospital for treatment and released.