Motorist, 37 charged with 2 robberies

August 18, 1993|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer

A 37-year-old man who was arrested Sunday in Charles County after reportedly eluding police for several hours has been charged with robbing a motorist in Charles County and an elderly woman in Baltimore County.

John Charles Lindsay, who police said has no known address, was being held yesterday in the Charles County jail. He also is charged with car theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police in Baltimore County said a man drove up to Miriam L. Kirckhoff, 74, near her Hampton-area home about 7:15 p.m. Saturday and said he had just hit her parked car. The man then asked her for directions. As Ms. Kirckhoff reached for a paper he was holding, the man grabbed her arm and purse and began to drive off, dragging Ms. Kirckhoff.

Ms. Kirckhoff, who was dragged about 10 feet, was taken by ambulance to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and released after treatment of cuts and scrapes. The driver escaped.

About 8 o'clock Sunday morning, Thomas Sweeney, 66, of Lexington Park was stopped on Brandywine Road, near Hughesville, when another vehicle struck him, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Department. The other driver produced a gun and demanded Mr. Sweeney's wallet and car keys. The victim called police, who broadcast a description of the car.

An officer on his way to meet Mr. Sweeney said he saw the suspect's car and turned to pursue it. After a brief chase, the driver drove into a ditch and ran into a patch of woods, police said. He was arrested a few hours later when he was spotted walking along a nearby road, police said.

The sheriff's office said the abandoned car had been stolen from a Glen Burnie dealership, and the license tags had been stolen elsewhere. After learning about the arrest, Baltimore County police issued a warrant charging Mr. Lindsay with assaulting and robbing Ms. Kirckhoff.

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