Robber escapes with driver's cashHoward County police are...

POLICE BEAT

September 02, 1992

Robber escapes with driver's cash

Howard County police are searching for an armed robber who stole about $38 in cash Friday from a motorist in Columbia.

The victim, a 39-year-old Columbia man, was driving a 1989 Nissan Stanza and had stopped at a traffic light on Broken Land Parkway at Cradlerock Way at 11:15 p.m. when a car bumped into the rear of his car, police said.

The man told police that he pulled over onto Cradlerock Way, and a passenger from the other car approached him, displayed an automatic handgun and demanded money. The robber searched the Nissan driver and stole about $38 from his pockets, police said.

The driver was uninjured, police said.

Police said the suspect and possibly three other men fled in a dark 1989 or 1990 Toyota Camry.

The robber is described as a black male, between 18 and 25, about 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Police said he had a light to medium complexion and was wearing a white striped shirt with a Malcolm X sign on the front.

Acid spill forces evacuation at hospital

The emergency room at Howard County General Hospital was evacuated Friday afternoon after an employee tried to clear a blocked drain by pouring sulfuric acid into it.

A noxious and pungent gas permeated the emergency room and required the evacuation of about 15 people, said Lt. Michael Gearhart, of the county Fire and Rescue Department. The chemical is an irritant and affects the respiratory system.

No one was injured.

Lieutenant Gearhart said rescue services were called to the hospital at about 5:15 p.m. When a team of hazardous materials personnel arrived, they and hospital staff cleared the emergency room and sealed off the area so the gas couldn't spread. The hazardous materials personnel diluted the acid, and exhaust fans were used to clear the gas.

About five emergency room patients and seven staff members were relocated to a rear room on the first floor, and a temporary emergency room was set up in the front of the building so walk-ins could receive emergency treatment, Lieutenant Gearhart said.

Ambulances were rerouted to other hospitals for about two hours. By 7:45 p.m. the emergency room was operating again.

The gas was very strong, Lieutenant Gearhart said.

"If you'd walked in there, you would know it was there," Lieutenant Gearhart said.

Pam Karwan, a hospital spokeswoman, said, "Everything's back up and running."

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* Columbia: 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road: A door was pried open and a VCR was taken.

5400 block of Wild Lilac: Someone cut a window screen and entered the residence, taking jewelry and a car stereo.

6600 block of Shady Grove: Someone entered a garage and stole tool boxes.

11800 block of New Country Lane: Someone entered a third-floor sliding door and stole a computer and jewelry.

6700 block of Quiet Hours: A red 1988 Chevrolet Camaro with Maryland plates XHN-981 was stolen.

5500 block of Cedar Lane: A 1991 Toyota Corolla was stolen, then recovered in Baltimore. Two Baltimore teen-agers, one 14 and the other 15, were charged with auto theft.

* Ellicott City: 3100 block of Elmmede Road: Someone entered a garage and stole golf clubs.

3600 block of Chateau Ridge Road: A window was broken during a domestic dispute.

9500 block of Sylvan Still Road: A 1990 Mazda 626 driven by a pizza delivery person was taken during a delivery. The vehicle was recovered minutes later at Sylvan Still Way and North Laurel Road, but the keys were gone.

* Jessup: 2900 block of Concord Court: Someone removed a garage

opener from a vehicle, entered the garage and stole tapes.

* North Laurel: 9300 block of Northgate Road: Several teen-agers forced their way into a party. They were charged with breaking and entering and trespassing.

9200 block of Canterbury Riding: A door was pried open, and a stereo was taken.

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