Police hunting for Crownsville gas station robber CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park

April 19, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

County police were searching yesterday for a man who robbed a Crownsville gas station at gunpoint Saturday night, handcuffed an attendant and a customer and escaped in a stolen pickup truck.

Several witnesses watched as the masked suspect drove off in a red, 1989 Toyota truck shortly after the 9:40 p.m. robbery at Crownsville Chevron, in the 1200 block of Generals Highway.

Police officers spotted the stolen truck minutes later, but the man bailed out near Route 32 and Gambrills Road and disappeared into the woods.

The robbery began when a man wearing a trench coat and mask and armed with a medium-length, single-shot shotgun walked into the station and ordered the attendant, David Wayne Owens, 42, and a customer, Cheryl Rosencrans, into the back office.

Police said the victims were ordered to sit on the floor, where the robber cuffed their hands behind their backs. He then tried to open the register but was interrupted when another customer who walked in.

The man pointed the shotgun at the customer and ordered Mr. Owens to tell him how to open the register. He took an undisclosed amount of money and the keys to Mr. Owens' truck.

The customer's three friends, who were waiting outside the station, called 911 as the suspect took off in the truck.

Police officers saw the truck heading west on Route 32 but said the driver quickly drove across the median and the eastbound lanes and jumped out of the truck. He ran toward Kaufman's Tavern through the woods, but police were unable to find him.

He was described as a white male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds, with a thin build and wearing a dark gray or green trench coat, a blue and green plaid shirt, a red mask and gloves.

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