Bail set at $125,000 for man accused of carjacking at mall Suspect had been caught by guards but escaped

January 31, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A Glyndon man charged with committing a carjacking at White Marsh Mall last week in an escape from security guards after a shoplifting arrest was ordered held in lieu of $125,000 bail yesterday by a District Court commissioner.

David Hamby, 19, of the first block of Bowers Lane was arrested Monday after a Cockeysville woman called authorities and told of his bragging about the carjacking, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a county police spokesman.

The escape at White Marsh Mall took place last Wednesday evening. Police said security guards at the Hecht Co. department store arrested a man they saw shoving wallets into a bag. They put handcuffs on his wrists -- but loosened them when he complained they were too tight.

"When they loosened the handcuffs, he broke free and took off," Sergeant Novak said. "The security guard chased him out of the store and into the parking lot, but then he pulled out a knife and pointed it at the guard. At that point, the guard stopped the foot chase."

After an unsuccessful carjacking attempt, the fleeing suspect halted a 1989 Mercury Topaz driven by a 37-year-old White Marsh computer consultant, telling him that a man in the parking lot had a gun and was chasing him. When the driver slowed down, the suspect jumped into the car and threatened him with the knife.

"It was horrifying," said the victim, who asked not to be named. "He closed the door and said, 'Go, go, go.' I reached over and grabbed his wrist and we struggled for a bit. Then I realized what I was doing and bailed out of the car, and that's when he took off. It was incredibly scary."

Police said Mr. Hamby was arrested after a woman complaining he had stolen $500 from her told Cockeysville Precinct Officer Clay Poole he had bragged about escaping from security guards, Sergeant Novak said.

She showed police the stolen Mercury parked in a lot at her apartment complex on Limestone Valley Drive, where police also found Mr. Hamby.

The suspect was being held at the county detention center on 14 charges, including carjacking, assault, carrying a concealed weapon, shoplifting, petty theft and grand theft.

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