Police arrest suspect in knifepoint robberies Man, 23, is thought to have committed other, similar crimes

June 05, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

County police working undercover have arrested a suspect in a series of knifepoint robberies of fast-food restaurants and convenience stores in Glen Burnie, Severna Park and Pasadena during the last three weeks.

Brian Lee Ark, 23, of no fixed address was being held without bail yesterday in the county Detention Center, charged with the May 26 armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, and the Monday armed robbery of a High's convenience store in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

He also was charged with felony theft in a separate incident and with violating his probation on an earlier robbery charge.

Ark also is a suspect in five other restaurant robberies and burglaries and thefts in Glen Burnie and North County, police said.

Northern District Officers Lee Whitlow, Kevin Heiser and Jeff Morgan, who had expected the knife-wielding robber to strike between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday afternoon, had staked out restaurants, convenience stores and other locations in the southern part of Glen Burnie.

Police got a call about 4: 30 p.m. about a robber with a silver knife at a High's in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. The man walked in, asked for a pack of cigarettes, then pulled out the knife and demanded money.

It was the same pattern followed in robberies May 21 at a Subway restaurant in the 4100 block of Mountain Road in Pasadena; May 23 at a Subway restaurant in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway and a Beefalo Bob's restaurant in the 100 block of Mountain Road in Pasadena; and June 1 at a Dunkin Donuts in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena, police said.

The description of the robber in Monday's incident fit that of the robber in the other robberies, police said.

Armed with a description of the culprit's car, the three undercover officers searched for nearly four hours before finding it at about 8 p.m. stopped at Ritchie Highway and Fifth Ave. in Glen Burnie.

They stopped the car, arrested Ark, who was driving, seized a knife believed to be the one used in the robberies and found other pieces of evidence in the car, police said.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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