2 men held as suspects in 30-day holdup spree Police link them to 27 robberies in city, Balto. Co.

December 17, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

Two men suspected of committing nearly a robbery a day fo the last month have been arrested by city police.

The suspects are believed to have committed at least 27 armed robberies of people and small businesses throughout the city and in parts of Baltimore County, says Sgt. John Baker of the Central District.

A District Court hearing is scheduled today for the two suspects, identified as Leroy Frederick Dorsey, 24, of the 400 block of E. 20 1/2 St., and Esceo Byron Webb, 38, of the 900 block of Greenmount Ave. Both are being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

"They were a small crime wave that allegedly robbed people walking down streets, getting into and out of their cars or leaving their homes from areas south of the Inner Harbor all the way into Baltimore County and from West Baltimore to Highlandtown," said Sergeant Baker.

He said the men have each been charged with the robbery Sunday night of retired Circuit Court Judge Albert Sklar and his family on a downtown parking lot. In that crime and the Tuesday night robbery of a Johns Hopkins University student, police say they recovered items taken at gunpoint from the victims.

Sergeant Baker said information given by one of the men indicated they committed about 25 other robberies.

"There may be other robberies they can't recall," said Sergeant Baker. Dorsey was free on parole, police said. Sergeant Baker said the suspects were arrested early yesterday morning in the 600 block of N. Fulton Ave. after they bailed out of a stolen red 1992 Oldsmobile Achieva with stolen Virginia plates. Police think the car was used in many of the robberies.

The long-sought car was spotted going west on Saratoga Street at Liberty Street about midnight Tuesday by Officer Aaron Faulkner. He and other Central District officers chased it to Fulton and Edmondson avenues. There the occupants fled, but they were caught moments later.

Police said they found in the car a fur coat believed to belong to Judge Sklar's wife, who was robbed along with her husband, their son, Steven, and his wife by a gunman and another man about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on a parking lot in the 400 block of S. Charles St.

Also in the car was a pellet gun and the wallet and identification of the Hopkins student who was robbed Tuesday in the 3100 block of St. Paul St.

During the Sklar robbery, the unarmed thug told his accomplice to shoot the judge's wife because she was having trouble removing her fur coat, but she soon succeeded and was not harmed. The loss of jewelry, cash and furs was put at thousands of dollars.

The Hopkins student was pausing in his car at a traffic signal about 11 p.m. when a car in front backed up and blocked him, police said. When the student got out to protest, the occupants robbed him of his wallet and $30 at gunpoint, police said.

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