Cabbie held in shooting of suspect

February 22, 1994|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Sun Staff Writer

A Baltimore cab driver was behind bars last night, charged with shooting a teen-ager who allegedly had robbed him at gunpoint moments earlier, police said.

The incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Garrison Boulevard, where Royal Cab driver Harry H. Lewis Jr. had driven two female passengers picked up on Dolphin Street.

Mr. Lewis, 39, of the 1300 block of Etting St., told the police that when he arrived at the destination, the women pointed to a "boyfriend" at the intersection of Garrison and Windsor Avenue who they said would pay him.

The women got out of the cab, and a young man approached, waved a .32-caliber automatic pistol in the driver's face and told him, "Give it up," Mr. Lewis said.

The cabbie said he handed over his money and was told by the robber to drive away. Instead, Mr. Lewis said, he drove around the block and returned in time to see the suspect heading into an apartment building.

Police said Mr. Lewis fired his own .38-caliber handgun, wounding the robbery suspect -- a 16-year-old Northwest Baltimore youth who wasin serious condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Authorities said he was wounded in the spine.

After the shooting, a witness told police that a gun believed used in the robbery was picked up from the ground by a man who lived in the building. Police said officers recovered the weapon at the man's apartment.

Mr. Lewis was being held on $30,000 bail last night at the Southwestern District lockup, charged with assault and a handgun violation. Police said charges against the wounded youth were pending.

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