Robbery suspect escapes into woods during chase

July 03, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A man accused of assaulting a Pasadena woman Monday and robbing her of a cellular phone and a gold bracelet dodged police by running into woods near Freetown Road, county police said.

Denise Wilkerson, 32, of the 200 block of Hickory Point Road told police she was putting her niece in her car, which was parked in the 7900 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. shortly before 9 a.m., when a man walked up to her and asked her for a light.

Wilkerson refused and the man punched her in the face, cursed her and demanded a cellular phone that was in the car, police said.

He reached into the car and took the phone as Wilkerson struggled with him, police said.

Wilkerson tore the man's shirt, but he ripped a gold bracelet from her wrist, then ran toward Freetown, police said.

Wilkerson reported the assault to police, who spotted the suspect on Freetown Road, police said. Officer Peter Scarpetta chased the man on foot but lost him in the woods between Freetown Road and New Freetown Road, police said.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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