Man on bike tries to rob a woman in Columbia

March 05, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A man on a bicycle tried to rob a woman in a Columbia parking lot Friday afternoon by pretending he had a gun, but he fled when she refused to give him anything more than the time, Howard County police said.

Ernestine Thornton, 32, of Columbia was not harmed in the robbery attempt, police said.

About noon Friday, Ms. Thorton was walking outside the Columbia Medical Plan on Knoll North Drive in Columbia's Oakland Mills village when a man pedaling a mountain bike rode near her and asked her the time, police said.

Ms. Thornton told him the time, then the man put his hand in his jacket pocket as if he had a gun and demanded her purse. When Ms. Thorton refused, he rode off toward nearby Thunder Hill Road, police said.

The man was described as a thin, white male in his mid-20s. He wore blue jeans and had bad teeth and long, brown hair, police said.

Pub Date: 3/05/96

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