4 Laurel men charged in pizza restaurant robberies 3 armed holdups occurred in June, July, August in Owen Brown village

August 27, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

Four Laurel men have been arrested and charged in connection with three armed robberies of two pizza restaurants in Columbia's Owen Brown village, and three of them have been linked to similar robberies in Prince George's County, police said.

Dias Daniel Peyton, 23, of the 8800 block of Hunting Lane was charged with armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a handgun in a felony, assault, battery and destruction of property in the June 16 robbery of a Pizza Hut in the 7100 block of Minstrel Way and the July 12 and Aug. 15 robberies of Pizz-A-Boli's in the 7100 block of Oakland Mills Road, said Sgt. Steven Keller, spokesman for the Howard County Police Department.

Peyton is being held on $150,000 bail at the Prince George's County Detention Center in an Aug. 13 robbery of a Pizza Hut in Laurel.

Christopher Bell, 25, of the 11000 block of S. Laurel Drive faces the same charges as Peyton in the Aug. 15 robbery at Pizz-A-Boli's.

Bell is being held in Prince George's County Detention Center on $50,000 bail in other robberies in Prince George's.

Tyron Andre Holmes, 18, of the first block of Woodland Court was charged in the June 16 Pizza Hut robbery and the Aug. 15 Pizz-A-Boli's robbery. He was being held on $50,000 bail in Prince George's County in other robberies in that county.

Russell Reynold Ridley III, 25, of the 12000 block of North Point Lane faces charges in the June 16 Pizza Hut robbery and the July 12 Pizz-A-Boli's robbery. He was being held on $350,000 bail in the Howard County Detention Center.

Peyton, Holmes and Bell have been linked to seven restaurant robberies in Prince George's County, said Cpl. Timothy Estes of the Prince George's Police Department.

Prince George's County police arrested Peyton on Aug. 16 in connection with the Laurel Pizza Hut robbery.

Questioning of Peyton led police to the other men and their connection to the Howard County robberies, Estes said. Peyton, Holmes and Bell will stand trial in Prince George's County before they answer the Howard County charges, Keller said.

The Owen Brown Pizza Hut was robbed June 16 of an undisclosed amount of money after a man armed with a gun approached an employee outside the building and forced his way inside the restaurant.

The first Pizz-A-Boli's robbery July 12 ended with a delivery man being shot outside the restaurant as he made the last run of the night. In the Aug. 15 incident, two armed men ordered employees to lie on the floor while they took $1,500 from the cash register.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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