Man is charged in store theft with suspected explosive

February 16, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man was charged Wednesday with robbing an Ellicott City grocery store two weeks ago with what appeared to be dynamite strapped to his chest, Howard County police said.

Otis Mitchell Williams, 38, of the 100 block of Western WindCircle in Gwynn Oak was arrested at his home. He was being held without bond last night at the Howard County Detention Center, a District Court commissioner said.

About 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1, a man in plastic goggles entered the Safeway in the 10000 block of U.S. 40, approached two employees in an office area, gave them a note demanding money and opened his coat to show what looked like dynamite, police said.

The employees turned over an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber ran, police said.

A police spokesman could not say whether the dynamite was real.

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