Woman robs gas station, attacks clerk

Police blotter

July 07, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A woman wielding Mace and a knife walked into the attendant's booth of a Severna Park gas station Friday, assaulted the clerk with the Mace, and got away with more than $300, county police said.

A clerk at a Crown station in the 900 block of Ritchie Highway said a woman walked up to the booth about 3: 30 a.m. and asked to use the phone, police said. The man let her in because he recognized the woman as a former co-worker, police said.

When she got inside, the woman pulled a knife and the clerk pushed her into a counter. But the woman produced a can of Mace and sprayed the clerk in the face, police said.

The clerk left the booth and went to a pay phone, where he called for help, police said. The woman took between $320 and $350 and sped north on Ritchie Highway in a light green Mitsubishi, police said.

Man and woman in truck arrested on drug charges

County police, called to catch a man wanted on theft charges, arrested a Brooklyn Park man and a Severna Park woman Thursday on drug charges after they say they found cocaine and other drugs in a truck the two were sitting in on the side of Edwin Raynor Boulevard.

Paul Dominic Smith, 21, of the 4200 block of Audrey Ave. in Brooklyn Park and Laura Christine Cole, 18, of the 100 block of Drexel Road in Severna Park were charged with possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith also was charged with giving a false statement to police. He was being held at the county detention center on $40,000 bond; Cole was being held on $10,000 bond.

Police said they got an anonymous phone call shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday that a man wanted for theft was sitting in a rented truck on the side of the road in the 8000 block of Edwin Raynor Blvd. When they arrived, police said, they found a man and a woman in a U-Haul truck that had been leased to Smith, who was wanted for theft. The driver identified himself as "Jelly Cole," police said.

While Officer Barbara Ann Rafferty waited to confirm the warrant for Smith, Maria Ford, of the 7800 block of Red Lion Way in Pasadena approached her and identified the driver as Smith.

The man got out of the truck and police saw a syringe on the seat under his right leg, police said. The woman got out of the truck carrying a bundle of cash and a waterproof container, police said.

Officers seized the money and searched the truck, in which they found a burnt bottle cap with residue that later tested positive for cocaine and heroin, three vials containing rocks of a substance that later tested positive for crack cocaine, and a tourniquet, police said.

In the waterproof container, police said, they found rolling papers and a bag of what later tested positive for marijuana.

Glen Burnie man charged in assault with a truck

County police arrested a Glen Burnie man Thursday on charges of trying to run down another man with a truck during a fight in the parking lot of the McDonald's in the 7900 block of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, county police said.

Scott Cantrell, 19, of the 100 block of Nottingham Drive was charged with assault with intent to murder and maiming. Bail information was not available.

Wayne Sawyer, 20, of the 7600 block of Oak Lane was treated at North Arundel Hospital for a chipped ankle and released.

Police said two men were fighting at the McDonald's restaurant shortly before 10 p.m. when one of them got into a truck and tried to run the other man over.

The truck hit the man's leg, peeling away the skin on his ankle and chipping a bone, then sped down Mountain Road, police said.

The victim called police from the fast-food outlet, while the driver of the truck stopped at the intersection Ritchie Highway and Mountain Road to call police after he realized he hit the other man, police said.

Morrison's Cafeteria robbed by pair of armed men

Two men armed with a knife and a gun walked into Morrison's Cafeteria in Pasadena Wednesday, forced employees into a freezer, then waited for the manager to arrive to rob the restaurant of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

Employees of the cafeteria in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway told police the men followed one of them into the store shortly after 8 a.m. The bandits tried to get them to open a safe, but the employees did not have access to it, police said. The men forced the employees into a freezer and waited for the manager, who arrived moments later.

The robbers stopped the manager as he walked into the store, forced him to open the safe, took money, then locked him in the freezer with his employees and fled, police said.

Other employees found their co-workers in the freezer when they arrived for work, police said.

Both men were wearing masks, and police did not have a detailed description of them.

2 lawn tractors stolen from youth group's shed

Someone broke into a shed owned by the Brooklyn Park Youth Association Wednesday night and stole two lawn tractors, together valued at $5,200, county police said.

William N. Ward, 46, president of the association, reported the theft to police about 5: 30 p.m. Thursday after another member of the group called and said she saw the shed doors open, police said.

Ward went to the shed in the 200 block of Hammonds Lane and found the tractors missing. Other lawn equipment was not taken, police said.

Pub Date: 7/07/96

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