Employee foils holdup bid by man wielding a toy gun

August 23, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

An employee at an Elkridge fast-food restaurant foiled a masked man's attempt to rob the store using a toy gun yesterday morning, police said.

Martha Fairbanks, 39, of the 1300 block of Wickell Road in Odenton had just arrived at her job at McDonald's in the 6200 block of Washington Blvd. at 3: 45 a.m. when she was accosted by a man with a gun, said Sgt. Steven Keller of the Howard County Police Department.

The man ordered Fairbanks to put money from the safe and cash drawers into plastic bags he brought with him. The man put the gun on the counter, and Fairbanks noticed it was a toy gun, Keller said.

She struggled with the man, locked herself in the restaurant office and called police. The man ran away without the money.

The man is described as a 20- to 25-year-old black man, 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a dark mesh mask, dark sweat shirt, dark blue pants and black tennis shoes.

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