2 Columbia men charged with attempted robbery Bank guard reported alleged attempt WEST COLUMBIA

January 06, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Two Columbia men have been charged with attempte robbery after a security guard thwarted an alleged attempt to rob the Columbia First Bank in the Town Center on New Year's Eve, police said.

Howard County police have charged Dennis C. Harris of the 9300 block of Reader Lane and Clifton T. Price, 22, of the 5200 block of Brookway with attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and with being a rogue and a vagabond.

Mr. Harris was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond and Mr. Price was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday, a detention center worker said.

The alleged robbery attempt occurred shortly after 2 p.m.

Thursday at the bank in the 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, when a man approached the bank wearing a mask and a sweat-jacket hood over his head, police said.

He pulled on the bank's doors but discovered they were locked, police said.

A uniformed Columbia Mall security guard, who was inside the bank, saw the masked man at the door, police said.

On spotting the guard, the man walked away and removed his mask, police said. The guard followed the man outside to a car and gave a description of the car to county police.

Police found a car matching the description on a parking lot at nearby Columbia Mall, police said.

Police said they found inside the car a stocking mask, a pillow case and a replica of .357 handgun.

Mr. Harris and Mr. Price were in the car when police stopped it, police said. The car had been reported stolen.

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