Store robber faces life term without parole HARFORD COUNTY

January 30, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 37-year-old Port Deposit man who had a pot of hot coffee poured on his head while he was trying to rob a Havre de Grace gas-and-shop store in June faces a possible life-without-parole sentence.

Lewis Sallies of the first block of Old School House Road was convicted late Thursday by a Harford Circuit jury and was being held at the Harford Detention Center pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Evidence in the four-day trial before Judge Stephen M. Waldron showed the clerk at the gas-and-shop store wrote down the license number of an old green car before the driver, whom she later identified as Sallies, entered the store on June 7 about 3 a.m. He ordered $5 worth of gasoline, then began crawling through the sales booth window.

The clerk tried to call police but was attacked before she could get through. She was beaten and punched and thrown against a counter next to the coffee pot. During the struggle, she doused the would-be robber with the pot of coffee and managed to escape.

Using the tag number, investigators traced the car to a sister of Sallies who lived in Port Deposit. She told police her brother had borrowed her 1975 green Plymouth on the night of the attempted robbery. Another sister said Sallies had come home with burns on his face.

Sallies was arrested later at his home. Because of prior convictions, he was charged as a repeat offender under the state's three-time-loser law with attempted robbery, assault with intent to rob, assault and battery.

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