2 men arrested in shooting of Oella shopkeeper Police seek third suspect in holdup

December 13, 1992|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police charged two men yesterday with Friday's armed robbery and shooting of 43-year-old Oella shopkeeper Jagdish "Jay" K. Patel.

A third suspect is being sought by police.

Charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation were Rodney Nickens, 24, of the 100 block of Stonecroft Road in Baltimore, and Michael Emory Dixon Jr., 18, of the 300 block of Holly Manor Road in Catonsville, police spokesman E. Jay Miller said.

Both were being held without bail, Mr. Nickens at the Parkville precinct and Mr. Dixon at the White Marsh precinct.

Bail review hearings for both men will be conducted tomorrow.

Mr. Patel, who was shot at least twice in the head in his western Baltimore County store, was listed in critical condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Mr. Nickens and Mr. Dixon were arrested at 5:30 p.m. Friday and questioned extensively at police headquarters in Towson by robbery squad detectives.

They were charged at 3:30 a.m. yesterday, police said.

Police were aided, Mr. Miller said, in their search for the suspects by acitizen who saw two men run from the Country Corner Store right after the shooting and join a third man who was standing near a red 1987 Hyundai.

The citizen noted the license plate number of the car, which helped police trace the vehicle to a third party to whom the car was registered.

The owner's name was being withheld, but Mr. Miller said the owner was not believed to have been directly involved in the crime.

Detectives located the car at Winters Lane and Booker Road in the Catonsville section of the county around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Police observed one suspect, later identified as Mr. Nickens, get into the car and drive about five blocks before parking it in the 300 block of Beaumont Avenue, Mr. Miller said.

Mr. Nickens was arrested without incident as he got out of the car.

Mr. Dixon was arrested about five minutes later at Winters Lane and Booker Road by detectives and Wilkens Precinct officers.

Police recovered a loaded, small-caliber handgun. The car was towed to police headquarters for processing.

Mr. Miller said police can place both men at the scene of the robbery at the time of the crime, but they declined to elaborate on how.

Anyone with information about the third suspect should call police at (410) 887-2198.

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