Two men use water pistol to rob Subway shop

January 18, 1995

Two men brandishing a water pistol held up a Subway sandwich shop in Annapolis Monday, squirting an employee in the face before fleeing with $100, city police said yesterday.

Customers and employees in the in the fast-food restaurant on the 800 block of Bay Ridge Road apparently were unaware that the small black pistol was a fake when they saw the men burst through door about 5:45 p.m., one waving the pistol and yelling, "Give it up," police said.

Ericka Gowans, 16, a cashier at the store, said one of the men pointed the gun at her and ordered her to empty the cash register. She told police that the man removed about $100, then squirted her in the face, according to police.

The two suspects also tried to spray another employee with the gun before fleeing, police said.

The water in the gun apparently contained detergent or ammonia, because Ms. Gowans' eyes and skin were burned, police said. She was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she was treated and released.


* Edgewater: Someone broke into A.C. Schultes of Maryland Inc., a vending machine company in the first block of South River Road, over the weekend, broke the lock on a machine and stole $150 in coins and an undetermined amount of snack products. The company has been burglarized twice this month.

* Annapolis: Someone stole $1,045 worth of construction tools over the weekend from the gang box of a construction site at an annex of the Anne Arundel Medical Center on Jennifer Road, county police said.

* Annapolis: A burglar crawled through a dog door over the weekend to get into a house in the 1100 block of Tyler Avenue and steal more than $1,910 worth of electronics equipment, cash and jewelry.

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