Severn man is charged in robbery of Fulton post office

April 04, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A Severn man has been charged with robbing a Howard County post office last month and is a suspect in four other postal robberies in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, U.S. Postal Service inspectors said yesterday.

Kendal Sylvester Matthews, 33, of the 1900 block of Foxhound Court, was arrested Monday and charged with armed robbery. He is being held by the U.S. marshal's office in Baltimore awaiting a hearing, postal inspectors said.

Inspectors said they believe he is the man who entered the Fulton post office in the 11800 block of Scaggsville Road about 1 p.m. March 29, implied that he had a gun and demanded money.

The robbery occurred about two hours after a man of a similar description robbed the post office in Ferndale in Anne Arundel County, a spokesman said.

The robber took $574 from the Fulton post office, inspectors said. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the Ferndale office.

The spokesman Mr. Bemsaid an employee at the Spencerville office in Montgomery County saw a man who fit the description of the robber about 3: 30 p.m. Monday and called localpolice., who called the Postal Inspection Service.About a half-hour later, the same man was seen at the Burtonsville office in Montgomery County by an employee, who also called police. Postal inspectors arrested the man there, the spokesman Mr. Bemsaid.

The spokesman would not release details of the investigation of the other postal robberies but said additional charges are pending against the suspect.

On March 11, a gunman robbed the Gambrills post office in Anne Arundel County. Five days later, a man robbed the post office in Annapolis Junction in Howard County. The Jessup post office was robbed at 11: 15 a.m. March 22.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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