Clerk dragged by van as she tries to stop theftThe clerk...

June 04, 1996

Clerk dragged by van as she tries to stop theft

The clerk at a Pasadena gas station reached through the passenger window of a van Saturday trying to stop a woman from stealing six cartons of cigarettes and was dragged a short distance, county police said.

Debra Ann Rausch, 44, was dragged across the lot while trying to snatch the keys from the ignition as the thief drove off, but she broke free and called police.

Police said she suffered a minor injury to her arm but refused medical treatment.

Rausch told police a woman walked into the station in the 100 block of Mountain Road shortly before midnight and asked for six cartons of cigarettes.

She showed Rausch her driver's license to verify her age and, after she got her identification back, scooped up the cigarettes, ran out the door and jumped into a white van, police said. Rausch followed, jumping on the passenger side of the truck and reaching through the window, police said.

The woman accelerated the van, dragging Rausch.

Police said Rausch picked out a woman's picture from a photo lineup.

Wanda Michelle McGrady, 25, of the first block of Ninth Ave. in Glen Burnie was charged in a warrant with robbery, assault and theft.

Police arrest Pasadena man on weapons charges

County police arrested a Pasadena man on weapons charges Saturday after a confrontation in a nightclub on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard near Mountain Road.

William V. White, 25, of the 8000 block of Outing Ave. was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a handgun. He was being held on $25,000 bail.

Police said an employee at Rumblefish nightclub in the 7900 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. called around 12: 30 a.m. to report that a customer had a handgun in his waistband beneath an open jacket.

Officer Charles R. Ravenell saw the man walking toward him when he got to the nightclub, police said.

The officer told the man to keep his hands out of his pockets, but when the man lowered his hand, the officer drew his gun, pushed the man against the wall and searched him, police said.

The officer found a 9-mm handgun in the man's waistband. He told police he had been in a fight a few weeks before and had the gun for protection, police said.

Man armed with knife robs Dunkin Donuts in Pasadena

A man who asked for a drink of water Saturday at a Pasadena Dunkin Donuts pulled a silver knife and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

A clerk in the store in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway said a man walked in shortly before 2: 30 p.m. and asked for water. The clerk gave him some, and the man drew the knife and demanded money, police said.

After getting the money, he ran south on Ritchie Highway.

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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