Man held in car-jacking
A Westminster man accused of leading police on a 45-mile chase from Westminster to Essex, Baltimore County, in a stolen car is being held on $25,000 bond in the Towson Detention Center and faces additional charges in Carroll County.
Victor Manuel Pinero Santana, 40, of the 800 block Littlestown Pike, was arrested by Baltimore County police after a high-speed chase. He has been charged in a warrant with two counts of assault, robbery with a deadly weapon, theft and using a deadly weapon with the intent to injure in Carroll County.
According to local police, Bryan Harrison and his wife Gloria, of Burnside Road in Hampstead, left a West Main Street restaurant about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and walked to their 1984 Dodge parked on a lot nearby.
As they got into the automobile, the couple was approached by a man brandishing a butcher knife, who ordered Mr. Harrison out of the car and to the rear. The assailant got behind the wheel, threatened Mrs. Harrison and demanded the car keys.
After giving the keys to the robber, Mrs. Harrison fled the car and ran back to the restaurant for help from a friend who is a Baltimore County police officer.
The off-duty officer, Scott Canter, who was celebrating the end of a softball tournament, rushed out of the restaurant in time to see the car drive from the parking lot and head north on Route 27.
Officer Canter notified another patron in the restaurant and they then began the pursuit. During the chase, the off-duty patrolman was able to spot a Baltimore County police car and inform the officer of the robbery.
At this point, Baltimore County police took over the pursuit, which ended when the fleeing motorist drove onto a dead-end road near Harewood, in the southeastern section of Baltimore County.
Police said that during the chase, the fleeing car struck or sideswiped three automobiles, slightly injuring one motorist who was treated at a hospital.
Mr. Pinero Santana was charged in Baltimore County with three counts of hit-and-run and one count each of fleeing and attempting to elude.
The butcher knife allegedly used in the robbery was recovered from the automobile, according to arresting officers.
Tenn. man arrested
A Tennessee man charged with armed robberies in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties faces additional charges of robbing the Super Fresh supermarket in Westminster on June 20.
Donald Wayne Gilliam, 27, of Harriman, Tenn., was arrested in Anne Arundel County and transferred to Baltimore County, where he is being held at the Towson Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bond.
A photograph of Mr. Gilliam was identified by employees of the store, in the 400 block Englar Road, as the man who brandished a semiautomatic weapon and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
Mr. Gilliam has been charged by Westminster police with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, battery, felony theft and using a handgun in the commission of a crime.
Fire at nursing center
Ten people, including eight patients of a nursing and care center at 1246 Deer Park Road, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of smoke inhalation after a fire in the building, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.
The blaze, believed to be accidental, started at the foot of a bed in the room of a 77-year-old resident, the spokesman said. The cause is under investigation.
One resident was held overnight at Carroll County General Hospital, and seven others were treated and released on the day of the fire, July 24. An employee, whose name was not available, was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore and held for 24 hours before being released.
Melvin Blizzard, 61, the owner of the center, was also taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released after treatment.
The fire was confined to one room, but smoke spread throughout the building. Damage was estimated at $1,000 in the two-story, wood-frame structure.
Fire units from Reese, Gamber and Westminster battled the blaze for about two hours.
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: A 17-year-old Finksburg resident who carried her infant into a department store on July 14 but rolled the child out in a new stroller with clothing valued at $60 was arrested and charged with theft and shoplifting. The young mother was released in the custody of her parents. Her name was not released because she in a juvenile.
Pennsylvania Avenue: Allard Maggard of Shaeffer Avenue told police someone broke into a garage in the rear of a residence on July 16 and removed property valued at $650.
Schoolhouse Avenue: On July 16, Josephine Brunner reported that her pet dog was missing from the back porch of her house. She estimated the monetary loss at $50.