Ellicott City family held up in home raid

April 16, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer

Two intruders armed with knives pushed their way into an Ellicott City home early yesterday, forcing the family of four to the floor, ransacking the house and stealing more than $300, Howard County police said.

Police arrested two men after a 34-year-old woman who lives in the house in the 3500 block of Bucks County Court dialed 911 as the robbery began. The woman was alerted by the commotion when her father, who had left the house, was forced back inside.

Police would not identify any of the victims.

No one was seriously hurt.

Officers arrested D'Artangnon Marlo Barnes, 19, of the 200 block of Red Clay Road in Laurel; Joseph Arthur Hayes, 17, of the same address, who was charged as an adult; and Pamela Soo Kim, 20, of the 4900 block of Dorsey Hall Drive.

They were all charged with robbery, breaking and entering, assault and battery, and false imprisonment.

Last night, the three were being held at the police station.

The incident began about 5 a.m. as members of the family prepared for work, police said.

The 63-year-old owner of the home, who operates a restaurant in Baltimore, was confronted by two men carrying knives as he went outside to start his car.

A woman waited nearby in what police believe was a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

After forcing the man back inside, the two men ordered his 62-year-old wife and his daughters, ages 34 and 43, to come downstairs and lie on the floor, said Sgt. Steven E. Keller, a police spokesman.

The older woman's hands were bound with tape and her husband was struck in the face by one of the intruders, police said.

Police responding to the 911 call made at 5:08 a.m., arrested a man and a woman as they tried to drive away from the home, Sergeant Keller said.

A police dog found the third suspect hiding under a deck in a nearby group of houses, police said.

Sergeant Keller said officers recovered two knives at the scene. They were described as a fixed-blade and a razor knife.

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