Man asks for change, robs pharmacy, then flees no one is hurt

January 17, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

An armed man who posed as a customer wanting change for a dollar robbed a Columbia pharmacy Sunday morning and ran, Howard County police said.

No one was injured in the robbery in the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court in Columbia's Long Reach village, police said.

According to police, a man entered the CVS Pharmacy in the Long Reach Village Shopping Center at about 11:15 a.m. and asked the clerk to exchange a dollar bill for coins.

When the clerk told the man that he was unable to make change, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded cash from the register. He took an undisclosed amount of money and ran, police said.

The robber was described as a 6-foot black man, about 25 years old, weighing 170 pounds and wearing a black jacket with a hooded sweat shirt, police said.

Man charged in carjacking, kidnapping of woman

A Columbia man was charged with the armed carjacking and kidnapping of a woman at the Oakland Mills Village Center Saturday night, Howard County police said.

The suspect was held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup yesterday. He also was charged with armed robbery, a third-degree sexual assault, theft, and assault and battery, police said. The victim was treated at a hospital and released, police said.

The incident began at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday, when a man armed with a knife approached a woman from behind in the 5800 block of Thunderhill Road, ordered her inside her car, robbed her and demanded that she drive him to Jessup, police said.

The man eventually ordered the woman to drive him to the parking lot of Timbuktu Restaurant on Dorsey Road in Anne Arundel County, where he sexually assaulted her. The victim broke free and was helped by an employee of the restaurant. The man fled on foot, police said.

Anne Arundel and Howard County police officers drove to the area and arrested Glenn Vincent Rhodes, 45, of the 9300 block of Indian Camp Road.

Police log

Long Reach: 8700 block of Tamar Drive: Someone pried open a basement window and stole a television and VCR Saturday night or Sunday morning.

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