3rd suspect is seized in Oella holdup BALTIMORE COUNTY

December 15, 1992|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police arrested a third suspect yesterday in connection with the armed robbery and shooting of an Oella grocery store owner last Friday.

Kenneth Larmont Pittrell, 22, of the 600 block of Markham Road in Baltimore was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Monday. Police went to his home after getting information from an anonymous tipster Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Pittrell was held without bail on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation in the robbery of the Country Corner Store in Oella.

During the midday holdup, the store's owner, Jagdish "Jay" K. Patel, 43, was shot twice in the mouth with a small-caliber handgun. The bullets' damage was limited. After the shooting, Mr. Patel remained conscious and phoned police, his wife and his landlord before paramedics arrived.

Even though he was listed in critical condition Friday night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, hospital officials said, Mr. Patel was discharged Sunday and sent home.

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

They were arrested Friday evening after police, using a license tag number provided by a witness, tracked down a car seen leaving the scene of the robbery. Police also recovered a loaded, small-caliber handgun.

Mr. Miller said police do not know which suspect shot Mr. Patel. The suspects were ordered held without bail, after a bail review hearing yesterday.

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