Man arrested after robbery is accused in series of crimes

March 17, 1994

A 39-year-old Annapolis man who is charged with escaping while on work-release last month has been arrested and charged in a string of crimes committed since his alleged flight.

Arnold Brown of the first block of Fleet Street was arrested Tuesday night in the first block of Madison Place shortly after an elderly woman was robbed in the first block of Constitution Avenue. He was charged with robbery, assault and breaking and entering.

He also has been charged with one count of assault, two counts of battery, two counts of robbery, one count of burglary, one count of breaking and entering, one count of trespassing, two counts of theft and one count of escape.

He was being held without bail in the county jail.

According to police reports, Ruth Stallings was at her home in the first block of Constitution Avenue when a man rang her doorbell and asked to use the telephone shortly before 9 p.m. He pushed his way into the house, grabbed her purse, took an unknown amount of money, used the phone and left.

Police searched the area, spotted Brown and arrested him.

He had been at large since Feb. 18, when he escaped from a county jail employee while on a trip to the Maryland National Bank branch at Church Circle in Annapolis, authorities said. He was awaiting trial on an alleged parole violation.

He was charged with robbing a woman in her Linthicum home on Feb. 23, with stealing money and property from another Linthicum woman on Feb. 24 and with assaulting and robbing an Annapolis woman in her Market Street home on March 4.

Edgewater woman beaten and robbed

A 22-year-old Edgewater woman was beaten and robbed in her home early yesterday, county police said.

The police gave th following account of the attack:

The woman was asleep in the house in the 1600 block of Shore Drive when she was awakened by a noise about 3:30 a.m. She called her boyfriend's name, thinking he was home. When he didn't respond, she got up and walked into the kitchen, where a man hit her on the side of her face. Police said the man had entered the house through a basement door.

The woman struggled with her assailant before he pushed her to the floor, knocking her out. When she awoke, she found that the man had left. A gold chain and a diamond engagement ring, which she had been wearing, were missing. A credit card was missing from her purse.

The woman, Ursela M. Garrett, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she was treated for injuries to her face and right arm.

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