After high-speed chase, man charged in gas station holdups

February 25, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

A Montgomery County man suspected of robbing two peopl at gas stations in Sykesville and Eldersburg and a woman outside a movie in Aspen Hill, Montgomery County, was arrested early today following a nearly 30-mile pursuit by police from several jurisdictions.

David Daugherty, 34, of Aspen Hill, was charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and traffic violations. He was being held at the State Police Barracks in Westminster.

According to the State Police, a man driving a black Honda Accord with Georgia registration AXL188 accosted a man putting gas in his car at the Sykesville Amoco station on at Route 32 and Sandusky Road at 11 p.m. and robbed him of his money while implying he had a gun.

Sixteen minutes later, the same person robbed a man fueling his car at the Crown service station at Routes 32 and 26 in Eldersburg and drove off, police said.

While State Police, county sheriff's deputies and Sykesville City police vainly searched for the robber, the owner of the Cranberry Exxon station at Route 140 and Cranberry Road in Westminster called the station from home and told an attendant that he had heard on his scanner about the robberies at the gas stations and warned his employee to be careful.

Shortly after the attendant hung up, he saw the wanted car stop at a gas pump.

After purchasing gas, the driver sped off, heading west on Route 140.

The attendant called the State Police and the pursuit had new life.

Police chased the Honda at speeds of more than 100 miles-per-hour.

Police cars converged and the car was stopped in a rolling road-block at 11:58 p.m. on Route 550 in Woodsboro, Frederick County, and the man arrested without further incident or injury to him or police.

In the car, which was rented, police found property taken in the two robberies at the gas stations.

No gun was found.

Later, police learned the man earlier robbed a woman of her purse and money outside a theater on Town Center Drive in Aspen Hill.

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