Severn man is charged in Fulton postal robbery He's also suspected in 4 other post office holdups

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

A Severn man is being held by the U.S. Marshal's office in Baltimore awaiting a hearing on charges that he robbed a Howard County post office last month, U.S. Postal Service inspectors said.

Kendal Sylvester Matthews, 33, of the 1900 block of Foxhound Court was arrested Monday and charged with armed robbery.

Mr. Matthews is a suspect in four other post office robberies -- one in Howard County and three in Anne Arundel County -- that occurred last month, Douglas Bem, a Postal Service spokesman, said.

Postal 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, Mr. Bem said.

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

Mr. Bem said an employee at the Spencerville office in Montgomery County saw a man who fitted the description of the robber about 3: 30 p.m. Monday and called local police, 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 called police. Postal inspectors arrested the man there, Mr. Bem said.

Later that evening, two witnesses to the Fulton holdup identified the man in a photo lineup, he said.

Mr. Bem 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; five days later, a gunman robbed the post office in Annapolis Junction in Howard County. The Jessup post office was robbed at 11: 15 a.m. March 22.

No one was hurt in the robberies, police said. Police did not disclose the amount of money taken.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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