Man suspected in spree of robberies is arrested

January 01, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

An alert Baltimore County police officer stopped a robbery suspect returning to a Dundalk motel yesterday morning, arrested the man and confiscated a draftsman's T square the suspect had allegedly presented as a gun in six holdups since Tuesday.

John Kevin Joiner, 32, of Brunswick was charged with four counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, the Dec. 27 burglary of Gattus' Bar in the 600 block of North Point Road, and petty theft of a license plate from a car parked outside the bar, said county police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger.

Baltimore police were preparing charges against Mr. Joiner for two cases in the city.

No one was injured in the robberies in which a suspect witnesses described as a large man would enter a small business, show what was believed to be a weapon and take the register contents.

The string of robberies began at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Benny's Seafood in the 4900 block of Eastern Ave. Four hours later, the High's store in the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Ave. was robbed. At 11:30 p.m. that night, a 7-Eleven store in the 7400 block of German Hill Road was robbed.

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, a security camera filmed someone robbing a High's store in the 3200 block of Old North Point Road.

Meanwhile, Officer Gary W. Brown Jr. of the North Point precinct had checked with city police and obtained a possible license tag number and description of a 1979 light-blue Pontiac Grand Prix used in the Benny's Seafood robbery.

Yesterday, the officer said he was planning to look for the car on the Beltway when two other robberies occurred. At 10:45 a.m., a High's store in the 7400 block of Belair Road was robbed.

About 10 minutes later, an Amoco station in the 6800 block of Harford Road was robbed.

"He had hopped into the city, so I figured the fastest way back to where he was from," said Officer Brown said. "At North Point Road, I saw the car come driving by."

Officer Brown put on his emergency lights, and after a brief pursuit, the driver pulled over.

The suspect said he was a college football player in Florida and had a professional tryout with the Atlanta Falcons, but had begun using drugs 10 years ago -- and lost control, said Officer Brown.

"It got too much for him. He was looking for help," Officer Brown said. "He said he was glad it was over."

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