Man charged in robberies of 3 golfers Clifton Park incidents had frightened players

July 13, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged with holding up three golfers at the Clifton Park Golf Course -- a series of robberies that frightened players and prompted heightened police protection on the fairways and greens.

City police arrested David Bobby Farmer at his home in the 2000 block of N. Rose St. in East Baltimore and charged him with three counts of armed robbery and using a handgun in the commission of a crime.

The armed holdups on the city-owned course "were making everybody nervous," said Maj. Bert L. Shirey, commander of the Northeastern District station. "The guys can swing their sticks in peace now."

Farmer is charged in the July 6 robbery of James Dalaney, 69, who was confronted by a man after he hit an approach shot to the 13th green. Dalaney said the man complimented him on his shot, then threatened him with a knife.

Farmer also is charged in the July 1 holdups of Dick Lutz, 67,

and Jack Zimnitzky, 65, who were robbed at gunpoint two hours apart. In one of the holdups, police said, the robber stole $13, then told the victim, "I have no regard for human life."

Shirey said the police investigation started after the July 1 incidents. Officers John Ciparik and Jesse Schmidt of the district's Major Crimes Unit posed as golfers and talked to informants in an effort to find a suspect.

Farmer was charged after the victims identified him from a photo lineup, investigators said.

rTC Dalaney said yesterday that he was "pleased" an arrest had been made. "I was happy that he didn't try to hurt me," he said. "The money is inconsequential."

Two years ago, police arrested four teen-agers and charged them with robbing a group of golfers at Mount Pleasant Golf Course in Northeast Baltimore. About the same time, two teen-agers robbed a pair of golfers at Forest Park Golf Course in West Baltimore and a robber armed with a rifle fired a shot up a fairway, but no one was injured.

Shirey said Farmer is not talking with detectives.

The commander said police found a "substantial amount" of cocaine in Farmers house. He also was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Pub Date: 7/13/96

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