Glen Burnie

February 25, 1993

Police employees cited for work during standoff

Four county police officers and three dispatchers have been DTC awarded citations for their efforts during a four-hour hostage standoff in a Glen Burnie bank that ended when the knife-wielding suspect was shot.

Officers Shannon Mack and William G. Schepleng received Silver Star Awards during a police banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue on Feb. 18.

The man, armed with a small kitchen knife, walked into the Bank of Glen Burnie on Sept. 14 and announced a holdup. He then herded 10 bank employees and one customer into the vault and threatened to harm them.

Negotiations over the four hours resulted in nine of the hostages being released. The incident ended when the suspect walked out of the vault with the remaining two hostages and was confronted by Officers Mack and Schepleng.

"Both officers placed themselves in extreme jeopardy in an attempt to protect the hostages," the department said.

Sgt. Michael Daniel, the first officer on the scene, and Cpl. Gordon March received commendations for securing the scene, talking to customers who escaped and for establishing "a calm and reassuring dialogue with the suspect."

Rosemary Brewster, Klyla Bowen and Kathy Gregory, all police communications officers, received commendations for their phone calls and dispatches that helped coordinate the hostage scene.

"Although they weren't on the front line, they still experienced the extreme stress of this incident and were an integral part of the departmental team effort," the department said.

In addition, six members of the Hostage Negotiation Unit received a unit citation for their work at the scene.

Woman robbed of purse outside store

A 24-year-old woman was robbed of her purse Tuesday outside a grocery store in the Cromwell Field Shopping Center, police said.

According to the police report, the woman was in the parking lot of the Giant Food store in the B&A Boulevard shopping center at 10:45 p.m. when a man tried to grab her purse. When the woman struggled, he put his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun. The woman gave the robber her purse. He was last seen running behind the store Giant.

He was described as a black man in his mid-twenties, 6 feet tall with a medium build, short hair and crooked teeth. He was wearing a black Chicago Bulls starter jacket, a dark-colored shirt and pants.

Man charged with theft of jackets

County police charged a Baltimore man with theft after he was caught Tuesday leaving the Glen Burnie Sears store with two nylon jackets valued at $100.

The police report said store security workers saw a man take two jackets, then walk past the cash registers and out the door without paying.

Security officers stopped Ronald Lee King, 49, of the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Ave., and called police, who took him to Northern District station to be charged.


* Glen Burnie: Burglars took a videocassette recorder from a home in the 100 block of Lincoln Ave. Sunday or Monday.

* Glen Burnie: Someone stole a radar detector from a 1989 Nissan 240Z parked in the first block of Third Ave. Sunday or Monday.

* Glen Burnie: Thieves broke into three Baltimore Gas and Electric company trucks parked in the 100 block of Dover Road Monday or Tuesday and stole electrical equipment.

* Hidden Woods: Thieves stole speakers valued at $75 from a 1991 Jeep Wrangler parked in the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive Monday night.

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