Columbia woman robbed in Annapolis Mall

August 12, 1994

A Columbia woman was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon by a man who followed her into a restroom at the Annapolis Mall, county police said yesterday.

Sarah Lynne Hill, 27, told police she had gone to the restroom in the north court of the mall about 4:30 p.m. As she washed her hands, a man came behind her, grabbed the strap of her purse and pulled it off her shoulder. She told police that her first instinct was to pull back, but then she noticed the man was pointing a blue steel handgun at her.

The man threatened to shoot if she didn't give him the purse or if she followed him out of the bathroom, police said. She also told police that after the gunman left, she ran out of the bathroom, found her husband and told him what had happened. Mrs. Hill and her husband then called police.

Officers searched the mall but did not find the man. Mrs. Hill told police she lost credit cards, keys, identification, a checkbook and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white man in his early twenties, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build and short, dark hair. He was wearing a white baseball cap, sunglasses, a light-colored shirt and shorts.

Arnold man charged with drug possession

Annapolis police have arrested a 38-year-old Arnold man on charges of possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

Police stopped the man at Forest Drive and Bay Ridge Road after they saw him leaving the Robinwood community around 5:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said they stopped the car because it was leaving a drug area and had a taillight out.

Officers searched the car and found several plastic bags containing about $400 worth of heroin, police said.

John Christian Patterson, of the 900 block Burnett Ave., was being held yesterday in the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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