Robbery suspect caught in chase Customers held up at 2 gas stations

February 26, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A Montgomery County man was held yesterday on $100,000 bond after he allegedly robbed two gas station customers in Carroll County and led police on a high-speed, 26-mile chase from Westminster to Woodsboro in Frederick County.

David Kenneth Daugherty, 34, of the 3300 block of Hewitt Ave. in Aspen Hill, was captured shortly before midnight Wednesday by Frederick County sheriff's deputies. They were aided by a state police helicopter that trailed the suspect and shone a bright "Nite Sun" spotlight on his car.

Police said that when the suspect stopped the vehicle, he got out of it and lay spread-eagled on the roadway until authorities arrived to arrest him.

He was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon.

State troopers, along with Westminster and Taneytown police, were involved in the chase after the suspect was reported leaving a Westminster gas station.

Police said they found the wallets of both Carroll County victims in the man's car, along with the purse and money of a woman who had been robbed outside a theater in Aspen Hill about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The first Carroll robbery occurred at 11:11 p.m. at an Amoco station on Sandosky Road near Route 32 in Sykesville.

Chester Edward Becker, 44, of Eldersburg, told authorities he was putting gas into his car when a Honda pulled up behind him, and the driver got out and asked for directions.

After Mr. Becker gave the man the directions, the man walked to the attendant in the control booth and asked again for directions. Then the man returned to Mr. Becker, threatened him and demanded his money, the victim told police.

Mike Bare, a part-time worker at the Amoco station, said he "became somewhat suspicious of the man when he came to the window of the office and asked directions to Interstate 70, but then didn't listen when I gave him the directions."

"My suspicions were confirmed when he returned to Mr. Becker and I saw him put both hands up in the air. I immediately called the police," Mr. Bare said.

Mr. Becker said he gave the robber his wallet and the man fled in a black Honda bearing Georgia license tags, police said.

Five minutes later, William F. Shedek, 50, of Westminster, was robbed of his wallet as he refueled his car at the Crown station at routes 26 and 32 in Eldersburg.

Mr. Shedek told police that he was approached by a man who was holding his hand in his pocket as if he were holding a gun. The man took Mr. Shedek's wallet, which contained $60, and fled.

About 11:40 p.m., the black Honda pulled into the Cranberry Exxon station. The driver bought gasoline and drove away westbound on Route 140, police said.

The Exxon attendant had been told of the two previous robberies by the station owner, who heard about the robberies on a police scanner. The attendant called Westminster and state police.

A Westminster police officer saw the auto and began chasing it.

As the pursuit escalated to speeds exceeding 100 mph, state and Taneytown police joined the chase. The suspect eluded pursuers as he turned the vehicle south on Route 194, police said.

By that time, authorities had called a state police helicopter for backup.

The helicopter crew was able to track the fleeing car as it turned west off Route 194 onto Route 550 near Woodsboro in Frederick County.

When the suspect apparently saw no route of escape, he stopped the car, got out and lay on the ground with the spotlight on him as the helicopter crew directed ground officers to the scene, police said. The man was arrested at 11:58 p.m.

Frederick County sheriff's deputies were the first to arrive at the scene and held the suspect until other officers arrived, police said.

The suspect was scheduled to appear in Carroll District Court today for a bail review hearing.

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