Man charged in attempt to rob police

June 28, 1994

A 20-year-old man, who summoned Howard County detectives to Jessup on Saturday by saying that he intended to supply information, instead pulled out a knife and tried to rob them, police said.

Police arrested the man after they coaxed him out of the car by telling him that they would telephone their supervisor to get the funds he demanded, said police spokesman Lt. Tim Branning.

Police said that at about 10 p.m. Saturday, a man called the police station and said he could offer criminal information. He asked to have detectives meet him in front of a Taco Bell in the 8600 block of Route 1, police said.

When police arrived, a man, who they said was intoxicated, was allowed into the back seat of an unmarked police car. When he began to demand a large sum of cash, officers suggested that he get sober and call them later.

Police said the man then pulled out a three-inch knife and waved it at the officers. The detectives coaxed him out of the car, took the knife and arrested him.

Bradley Eugene Lester Jr., of the Maple Village Mobile Home Park, was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $10,000 bond yesterday. He was charged with attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to rob, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and assault.

Lieutenant Branning said people have attempted to rob undercover narcotics officers in the past, but they do not recall anyone trying to rob known police officers.

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