Pair charged with robbing two salesmen in Long Reach

November 02, 1995|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police charged two men with robbery Tuesday afternoon after two street salesmen were lured to a street near the Long Reach Village Center in Columbia and robbed.

According to police, about 1 p.m. Tuesday two men posing as customers approached two men selling speakers in the 6000 block of Foreland Garth in Columbia's Long Reach village and convinced the salesmen to follow them in another vehicle to nearby Flowerstock Row.

Once there, the men took the speakers from the salesmen. When the salesmen challenged them, one robber reached under his shirt to suggest he was armed with a gun, police said.

The two robbers drove off but were caught at Route 175 and Tamar Drive, police said.

Joseph Alexander Smith, 34, of the 12000 block of Hallshop Road in Clarksville, was being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond last night. Antoine Vontrence Barnes, 20, of the 9600 block of Basketring Road in Columbia, was being held without bond, a District Court commissioner said yesterday.

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