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June 28, 1992

Escapee caught

The county Sheriff's Department arrested an escaped prisoner Thursday morning after a 90-minute standoff during which the prisoner fired shots at officers outside a home in Melrose.

Robert Wade Mitchell, 27, had been at large since 9:30 p.m. Monday when he did not return from his work-release job at a private home in Eldersburg.

Police received word that Mitchell might be headed for Florida, ,, where he once lived, said Sgt. Edward Smith of the Sheriff's Office, who was involved in the incident. It was also believed that Mitchell might go to his wife's home on Hanover Pike in Melrose.

A police officer watching the Melrose house around 12:15 a.m. noticed lights come on in the second-floor apartment where Mitchell's wife lived with her parents, Smith said. The people in the apartment below -- who knew the parents were on vacation and their daughter was at work -- called 911 when they heard sounds upstairs.

State police also responded to the residence, where Mitchell, who was heavily intoxicated, kept officers out with threats of shooting anyone who tried to approach the property, Smith said.

Mitchell had taken a handgun from his father-in-law's night stand and had fired two shots that didn't appear to hit anything and two more through glass windows, police said.

No shots were returned by the police, Smith said.

"He said he wanted to commit suicide, that he wanted the police to shoot him," Smith said. "He surrendered after using the gun to break through a glass window and dropping it to the pavement."

Smith said that when Mitchell surrendered, he approached a trooper "as if he wanted to fight him."

The trooper tackled Mitchell, but it took five officers and deputies to hold him down and handcuff him, police said.

Mitchell was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment of the cuts on his hands from the broken window and then returned to the detention center. Police said that when they talked with him later, Mitchell said he did not remember most of what happened and couldn't believe it, Smith said.

Mitchell, who has a history of being violent when intoxicated, faces 16 charges, the most serious being assault with intent to maim, assault and battery, reckless endangerment, and breaking and entering. He was held on $250,000 full bond pending a bail review, Smith said.

His six-month sentence for his original conviction, driving while intoxicated, would have been completed in September.

Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and 876-8956 (state police). All calls are confidential, and you do not have to give your name.

Here is a compilation of some of the crimes reported to local and state police:


140 Village Shopping Center: Theresa Branham of Middlegrove Court reported that someone broke into her parked vehicle on June 20 and stole items worth $116. Someone also broke into the parked car of Edward Kelly of Kingsbury Road. No loss was reported.

Longwell Avenue: Westminster reported on June 22 that someone stole two flags from the grounds of City Hall and one flag from Belle Grove Square. Estimated loss is $76.

South Center Street: Robin L. Bauvlet of Davis Road reported that someone fired a weapon into the roof of her parked vehicle on June 23. Estimated damage is $200.

West Main Street: James Hood reported that someone stole items from his parked car on June 23. Estimated loss is $25.

Cranberry Square Shopping Center: Jack Leonard II reported that someone pried open the driver's side window of his vehicle and stole a radar detector on June 23. Estimated loss is $675.

Pennsylvania Avenue: LouAnn Snyder reported that someone stole the battery from her parked car on June 23. Estimated loss is $50.

Cranberry Mall: Ian Wickes of Brown Road in Finksburg reported on June 23 that someone stole his bicycle, worth $300.

East George Street: Regina McGraw of Valley Bend Road reported on June 23 that someone entered her unlocked parked car and stole property worth $182.

Johahn Drive: Kathleen Andrews of Myersville reported on June 24 that someone broke the windshield of her parked vehicle. Estimated loss is $300.

Robins Way: Robert Yaffe of Janice Way reported on June 24 that someone stole his bike, worth $40. Vincent Barbar, who lives on the street, also reported his $100 bicycle stolen.

Following is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

June 22

3:29 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an alarm sounding on West Main Street. They returned at 6:53 a.m. to the same location and found that the alarm was malfunctioning.

8:50 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a chimney fire on Lorraine Drive.

8:40 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a garage fire on Fitzhugh Avenue.

9:14 p.m., Manchester responded to a brush fire on Lineboro Road.

June 23

1:41 a.m., Reese and Hampstead assisted Baltimore County at a two-alarm fire that resulted in two deaths and caused extensive damage to an apartment building on Shirley Manor Road in Reisterstown.

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