Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

June 30, 1993

Man assaults officer, eludes police in chase

A man assaulted an Annapolis police officer at City Dock on Monday night and then led authorities from several police agencies on a car chase before escaping in Davidsonville.

Officers from Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and state police pursued the suspect on westbound U.S. 50 and then onto service roads off Davidsonville Road.

Police said they lost the car somewhere near Route 424 and U.S. 50, but believe they have identified the driver. As of yesterday afternoon, no arrest had been made.

Officer Scott Collins, an Annapolis police spokesman, said the incident began about 10:30 p.m., when a citizen told a city officer that "there is something wrong" with the driver of an approaching pickup truck.

Officer Jennifer Crews, 26, pulled the truck over at City Dock, and said the man appeared to be drunk. The officer reported that the man refused to get out of the car and slammed his elbow onto the officer's hand when she tried to remove him.

The man then started the truck and sped off. Officer Crews jumped in her car, but was involved in a minor accident with another car as she started after the suspect, Officer Collins said. There were no injuries.

Other officers took up the chase on Route 450, and followed the truck to Davidsonville, where the driver escaped.

Gunmen rob motorists on Royal Street

Two men with handguns flagged down a car on Royal Street on Monday night and robbed two women of cash and jewelry worth more than $80, Annapolis police said.

The driver of the 1993 Honda Civic pulled over on the side of the street after the men motioned for her to stop. The men then walked up to the car and each pointed a handgun at the driver and passenger.

When the 18-year-old driver said she didn't have any money, the man reached in and took a black cord necklace worth $8, a watch worth $60 and $13 in cash that was on the --board, police said.

As the women drove away, one of the men threw an empty soft drink bottle at the car, shattering the back

window, police said. No description of the suspects was available.

Man robbed of $700 on Tyler Avenue

A 25-year-old Annapolis man was robbed of $700 on Monday afternoon as he was walking down Tyler Avenue near his home, police reported.

The victim, who lives a block from where he was robbed, told police that two men, one armed with a handgun, took his money about 12:45 p.m. and left in a light-blue car.

Charitable donations taken from McDonald's

A collection box containing $150 in charitable donations was stolen from the McDonald's on Bay Ridge Road on Saturday night or Sunday morning, police said.

A manager noticed the box was missing and the lock that attached it to the counter was damaged.

He told police that the box contained donations for the Ronald McDonald House.

Bell-ringing to honor Independence Day

The Annapolis chapter of the Retired Officers Association is organizing a local bell-ringing effort Sunday to honor Independence Day.

The effort is part of the national Fourth of July bell-ringing program.

"Nationwide bell-ringing is becoming a traditional way to observe our nation's freedom," Annapolis chapter President Garth H. Read said.

At 2 p.m., several Annapolis churches will ring their bells 13 times to honor the 13 original states.

Communities or churches interested in participating can call Frank McHugh at 269-7559 or Mr. Read at 267-6344.

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