Man tries to rob restaurant, is wounded, caught by police

August 29, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

A 24-year-old man who allegedly tried to rob a fast-food restaurant with what turned out to be a pellet gun ended up wounded and in custody late Friday, police said.

Police said a man entered the McDonald's restaurant in the 2500 block of W. Franklin St. about 10:30 p.m. and tried to scoop money from a cash register. A worker slammed the drawer shut, and the man then pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband and announced a holdup.

Dewayne L. Swinton, 23, a three-year veteran Baltimore police ,, officer moonlighting as a security guard, drew his gun, identified himself and ordered the man to drop his weapon and surrender, police said.

The man ran into the parking lot instead, then turned and pointed his weapon at Officer Swinton, who fired two shots, one striking the man in the right hip. The man continued to try to escape, police said. Two Western District police officers nearby heard the shots, saw the crowd streaming out of McDonald's and took up the chase.

The officers stopped the man in the alley behind the restaurant, where he turned and pointed the gun, which looked like a semi-automatic pistol, police said. Officer John J. Peranio Jr., an eight-year veteran, fired one shot and missed, and the man ran. police said. They said he was captured nearby minutes later, on a porch in the 2500 block of Lauretta Ave.

Charged with multiple counts of attempted armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault was Anthony S. Day, of the 900 block of N. Carrollton Ave. He was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center and released.

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