Worker foils robbery try at cleaners

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

An employee of a North Laurel cleaners let two men in after closing, but he ran from the store after they handed him a note announcing a robbery.

Howard County police said the employee's quick escape sent the men running empty-handed from the Sunshine Cleaners in the 10100 block of U.S. 1. One suspect was later arrested nearby.

Mark Eugene Jones, 26, of the 9500 block of Quarry Bridge Court in Guilford was charged with attempted robbery. He was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $50,000 bond yesterday, a District Court commissioner said.

The employee was not injured. No weapon was used in the robbery attempt, police said.

The employee was closing the business about 11 p.m. Monday when two men asked if they could leave a message for another employee. When the men were allowed inside, the message they handed over was a note announcing a robbery, police said.

The men demanded money and threatened the worker, but the worker dashed out of the door and yelled a warning to another business before a robbery could take place, police said.

Officers searched the area and found Jones hiding in nearby woods, they said. Police were looking for a second man yesterday afternoon.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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