Silver Spring man is charged in robbery of Elkridge Pizza Hut

June 06, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A 29-year-old Silver Spring man has been charged in the armed robbery of an Elkridge restaurant in March. A fingerprint analysis linked him to the crime after his arrest in an unrelated incident in Washington last week, Howard County police said.

Milton Townsend, of the 1700 block of East West Highway, was being held Friday without bond at the Howard County Detention Center. He has been charged with armed robbery, robbery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and related charges.

Police are seeking a second man in the March 10 robbery of a Pizza Hut restaurant, said Howard County police spokesman Sgt. Steven Keller. About 10:30 p.m. March 10, two men, one of them armed, entered the restaurant in the 7200 block of Montgomery Road and took personal property from four workers, police said.

The pair forced the employees into a rear walk-in freezer and locked them there while searching the register, police said.

The men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery victims pulled a fire alarm in the freezer and were freed when fire and rescue personnel responded minutes later, police said. Members of the police department's crime lab section took fingerprint samples and other evidence from the restaurant, Sergeant Keller said.

Last Tuesday, Washington police arrested Mr. Townsend in connection with an assault in Washington. Routine fingerprints were taken and run through an automated fingerprint system, which matches similar prints on police file, Sergeant Keller said.

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