3 arrested in slaying at Sizzler

January 16, 1993|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer

Acting on an informant's tip, Baltimore County police have arrested and charged three city men and issued a warrant for a fourth in the Dec. 26 murder of a Cockeysville restaurant employee during a holdup by men wearing stocking masks.

Arrested first was Robert Lee Berry, 26, of the 3100 block of Sequoia Ave., who police allege was the trigger man in the slaying of John Dwayne Tillman, 29, a salad-bar employee at the Sizzler Restaurant in the 10000 block of York Road.

Mr. Tillman, who was on work-release from a 17-year sentence for theft, was shot in the face when the gunmen grew frustrated because they could not find the restaurant manager to open the safe. He died later at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Mr. Berry was caught about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a parking lot in the 3900 block of Hollins Ferry Road. He was carrying a handgun -- which police believe is the murder weapon -- but made no attempt to use it, said police spokesman E. Jay Miller. He said investigators declined to identify the type or caliber of the pistol.

All the suspects face charges of first-degree murder, handgun violation and four counts of armed robbery involving thefts from restaurant patrons. The arrests were all made without incident, Mr. Miller said.

Arrested next was William Francis Tyler, 44, of the 3800 block of Belle Ave., the alleged getaway driver. Investigators went to his house Thursday afternoon, Mr. Miller said. Mr. Tyler accompanied them to headquarters voluntarily and was charged after an interview.

Aaron Delano Evans, 21, of the 1500 block of Lochwood Road, the third defendant, was arrested about noon yesterday at a girlfriend's home in the 4800 block of Pilgrim Road, Mr. Miller said.

Later yesterday, a fourth warrant was issued for Wayne Alphonzo Brooks, 22, of the 3700 block of W. Coldspring Lane. Police asked anyone with information that could lead to Mr. Brooks' arrest to call (410) 887-2198.

Court commissioners denied bail for Mr. Berry, Mr. Tyler and Mr. Evans. They will have bail review hearings Monday. Courts were closed yesterday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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