Woman shot in Timonium robbery Others in house uninjured as three masked men take cash, jewelry, Mercedes

August 06, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

In editions of Aug. 20, it was reported incorrectly that Ray Petty is the owner of Big Ray's Sidepocket Saloon. He is the general manager.

The Sun regrets the error.

Baltimore County police were questioning three suspects last night in a robbery at a Timonium home where a woman was wounded by gunfire in front of her 6-year-old daughter.

The three men were arrested yesterday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore as they were getting into a pickup truck fitting the description of one seen leaving the Timonium neighborhood shortly after the attack, police said.


Wounded in the incident was Shannon L. Senna, 41, who was in stable condition at Sinai Hospital. Police said she was shot in the chest and arm by one of three masked men who barged into the garage of her home in the 2300 block of Pot Spring Road about 8: 15 a.m.

Detectives believe the woman and her husband, Jozef F. Senna Jr., 40, were targeted by the robbers, who left the house with a small amount of money and jewelry and -- briefly -- the couple's 1987 Mercedes-Benz, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a police spokesman. He would not say why detectives believe the couple was targeted, while the husband -- who owns International Designs, a perfume distributor in Cockeysville -- said he did not know of anyone who would want to hurt him or his family.

"I have a high-profile job where I interview a lot of people," he said as detectives searched his house for evidence. "It might have been someone I met like that, or someone else who thinks I have money in the house."

According to police, the assailants -- all wearing black stocking masks and dressed in dark clothing -- walked into the garage as Shannon Senna was preparing to drive out in a family Cadillac with her daughter, Amber.

One of the robbers, armed with a handgun, shot the mother as she tried to obey their order to get out of the car.

She and the young girl were bound and blindfolded in the back seat of the car.

Police said the men entered the house and confronted Jozef Senna as he talked on a telephone to a receptionist at his office in the 10000 block of York Road.

They ransacked the house, took money and jewelry, and fired one shot through a skylight in the living room before driving away in the Mercedes.

It was abandoned nearby, and the trio was seen fleeing in a pickup truck.

The husband, daughter and a 14-year-old son, Jozef III, who also was home, were unharmed, police said.

Jozef Senna said he moved with his family to Maryland from the Atlanta area two years ago and has lived on Pot Spring Road about six months. Although his Cockeysville business was robbed last year and detectives had suspects in that incident, no one was charged.

Before moving to Timonium, the couple rented a house in the 4000 block of Dee Jay Drive in Ellicott City. On Dec. 12, 1992, according to Howard County police, Shannon Senna reported that someone broke into the garage but that nothing was taken.

Neighbors in Timonium were surprised to learn of the violent crime in their peaceful community.

"It's so quiet around here," said H. Thomas Foley, who lives across the street from the Sennas. "I've lived here 21 years and the most that ever happens is that some kids will knock the mailboxes down."

Rose Harbaugh, who lives around the corner, said, "This should liven up the community meeting. Security around here will really get tight."

Pub Date: 8/06/96

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