Howard County police yesterday released a sketch of a man they believe is responsible for two armed robberies -- one in Ellicott City and another in Columbia -- and an attempted holdup in Ellicott City Tuesday afternoon.
No one was injured in the incidents, which occurred within a half-hour, police said.
According to police, a man with a silver automatic handgun robbed two employees at the Great Oaks Apartments rental office on Autumn Branch Lane in Ellicott City between 2:30 p.m. and 2:50 p.m, taking an undetermined amount of cash.
A few minutes later, an armed man approached a 63-year-old woman walking along Normandy Woods Drive in Ellicott City a few blocks away and demanded money. When she refused, the man ran, police said. About 3 p.m., police responded to the Revisions Design Center in the 9200 block of Route 108 in Columbia for a reported robbery. Police said a man entered the business, asked about job openings and left, returning minutes later with a gun, taking cash and their jewelry.
The suspect is described as black, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, with short black hair, a thin mustache and beard and wearing a blue Giants baseball cap and a multicolored rugby shirt. Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-2220 or 313-3200.