2 sought in string of robberies 6 incidents reported in Catonsville area

August 30, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police are looking for two men responsible for a string of armed robberies in the Catonsville area and Southwest Baltimore, brandishing sawed-off shotguns and handguns and taking jewelry and cash from their victims.

The six robberies occurred Friday and early Saturday within a few miles of each other, near Frederick Road in Baltimore County and the city.

In each incident, two gunmen approached their victims on the street and ordered them to lie down. They rifled pockets and purses and searched their victims for cash, jewelry and other personal belongings before fleeing.

Derrick Steward said he and seven others were outside his home on Melvin Avenue in Catonsville about 1 a.m. Saturday when the two men approached them from behind.

"They just told us to empty our pockets and get down on the ground," said Mr. Steward, 28. "One guy said 'I've been in prison, and I ain't scared to go back, just do what I say.' I wasn't trying to look at them, they had guns."

The two men, both carrying shotguns, made off with about $30, two beepers, a watch, necklace and a hat, Mr. Steward said.

Less than two hours after Mr. Steward and his friends were robbed, there was another robbery in the 5800 block of Marydell Road in Baltimore, where the gunmen stole a telephone pager and cash from a male victim.

Police said no one has been hurt in any of the robberies.

"There's definitely a connection," said Lt. Patrick Carlton of the county's Wilkens District.

Police said descriptions varied slightly of the black gunmen -- most people saying they appeared no older than 25, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches, and 170 to 180 pounds. One man was described in one case as wearing a black bandanna over his face, a red sweat shirt and striped shorts. The other was seen wearing a white shirt with purple striped sleeves. In one robbery, they were seen driving away in a blue Chevy full-sized van.

But with vague descriptions, Lieutenant Carlton said, "we don't even know what we're looking for. We're doing everything we can."

He said the police planned to increase patrols of the area by moving officers from relatively low-crime areas to the neighborhoods where the armed robberies have been occurring.

He said police also would warn late-night pedestrians to beware of approaching strangers.

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