Robber accosts two in Long Reach

March 01, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County detectives are investigating two robberies in Columbia's Long Reach village Tuesday involving an apparently intoxicated man who held his hand in his right pocket in a way that implied he had a gun.

No one was injured in either incident and no weapon was shown, police said.

The first incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. when Barbara Dublin, 52, of the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court, was stopped on her way to her apartment and threatened by a man who demanded her purse. She gave the robber her purse and he ran to a nearby foot path, police said.

The robber, who appeared drunk, was described as a slim white male in his early to mid-20s. He had a mustache and he wore a dark knit hat, a brown or yellow flannel long-sleeved shirt and jeans, police said.

About 25 minutes after the first robbery, Clemmie Weems, 57, was approached in a similar manner at his mailbox in the 8800 block of Tamebird Court, which is just a block away. The robber implied he had a gun, demanded cash and ran toward a parking lot after Mr. Weems told him he had no money, police said.

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