Arnold * Severna Park * Crownsville

CENTRAL COUNTY --

September 14, 1993

Store clerk puts a halt to holdup

Two would-be robbers came away empty-handed from a Severna Park clothing store Friday afternoon after they encountered a no-nonsense clerk, county police say.

Investigators said a man walked into the LaPetite store in Festival Plaza at 4:30 p.m. and ordered the clerk, Mary Ellen Hostetter, 58, to open the cash drawer.

He snatched money out of the drawer and ran outside to a waiting car. Police said Ms. Hostetter grabbed a can of tear gas, chased the man, sprayed tear gas in the driver's face and yanked the keys out of the ignition.

Witnesses called police, who arrested Ralph Leslie Wood, 40, of the 2600 block of Quantico Avenue in Baltimore, the alleged getaway driver. A short time later, police say, they caught Eugene Erin Owen, 33, of the 1100 block of N. Stricker St. in Baltimore, behind the shopping center as he was trying to change his clothes.

Both men were charged with robbery.

Man accepts ride at bar, is robbed at knifepoint

A Baltimore man was robbed at knifepoint early Sunday by a man who gave him a ride from a bar in Baltimore to Cape St. Claire, county police reported yesterday.

Police said Daniel K. Elliott, 36, of the 800 block of Gretna Court in Baltimore, told them he met the man at a bar in Baltimore. His assailant drove him to a house in the 1200 block of River Bay Road in Cape St. Claire about 5:30 a.m., threatened him with a knife, took $80 from him and pushed him out of the car.

Mr. Elliott jumped onto the roof of the car and held on to the luggage rack as the suspect drove off, police said. But the suspect reached out of the car and hit Mr. Elliott with a beer bottle several times before he fell off the car.

Witnesses who heard the commotion called police.

Police said the suspect's girlfriend lives in Cape St. Claire, and he wanted to go to her home to get money. The assailant is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall with brown hair, in his late 20s. Mr. Elliott was not seriously injured.

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