Ellicott City/elkridge

July 16, 1993

Man with knife tries to rob gas station

Police are investigating the attempted armed robbery Wednesday of an Ellicott City Mobil gas station whose owner and four other men thwarted the effort.

Just after 7 p.m., a man wielding a knife threatened a gas station attendant and demanded cash from the register. The station owner ran to aid the attendant, his 25-year-old nephew, and surprised the suspect, who fled on foot to a nearby apartment complex where an accomplice waited in a vehicle with its engine running, police said.

"[The attendant] was scared," said a fellow employee who recalled the incident. "He was new. I guess anybody would have been scared."

The employee said the man was working at a cash register when a man in his late teens entered and lingered around the soda machines.

"[The suspect] looked like he was going to buy a soda" when he suddenly pulled a knife and tried to rob the station, the employee said. "I guess he thought no one else was around."

Meanwhile, the owner, who had been in a nearby garage with a mechanic and two other men, spotted the robbery and shouted. The four men and the attendant chased the suspect away, the employee said.

The suspect's vehicle headed east on Route 40, police said.

Firm donates $1,000 to Howard Arts Council

Appraisal Resources recently presented a $1,000 check to the Howard Arts Council to promote the development and expansion of the arts in Howard County.

The funds have been earmarked for the Arts Council's seventh annual Business and the Arts luncheon. The annual event serves to highlight the vital partnership between local businesses and the arts, and includes the presentation of the Howie awards to an outstanding artist, arts educator and business supporter of the arts for their long term contributions to the arts in Howard County.

The nomination process for 1993 Howie awards will begin soon with final selections announced in the fall.

Appraisal Resources, a residential appraisal firm in Catonsville, serves the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Cynthia Loverde, president of the company, awarded the check to the arts councl.

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