Two gunmen force woman into car trunk

October 08, 1996

Two men armed with a shotgun and a handgun forced a Severn woman into the trunk of her car Sunday, then drove off with it, county police said.

The woman escaped by opening the latch and crawling out when the car stopped at an intersection, police said.

The woman told police she was getting out of her 1993 Mazda 626 in front of her home on Perriwinkle Way about 10: 30 p.m. when two men approached her.

One of them stuck a double-barreled shotgun in her face, and demanded her keys. When she turned over the keys, the man forced her into the trunk and drove off.

The woman got out of the trunk when the car stopped at Harmans Road and Old Dorsey Road in Harmans and ran to a nearby house, where a resident called police.

The assailants were last seen driving on Harmans Road toward Severn.

Police did not have a detailed description of the men.

Silver Spring woman charged with endangerment

County police arrested a Silver Spring woman Saturday on charges she chased three Severn women in her car and threatened them with a gun, county police said.

Donna Langley Yancey, 42, of the 13600 block of Colgate Way was charged with reckless endangerment.

Officer Jeff Shelton was at the intersection of Meade Village Road and Circle Road about 9 p.m. Saturday when he saw two cars stop and a woman get out of one of them yelling that the driver of the other car had a gun, police said.

Shelton ordered the woman in the second car to put her hands on the steering wheel. Officer Arthur Foote looked in the passenger's side of the car and found a silver .38-caliber handgun loaded with five rounds of hollow-point bullets, police said.

When officers ordered the woman out of the car, police said, she told them she couldn't get out because she was handicapped.

Officers got the woman's walker out of the trunk, and she used it to walk to the patrol car, where she stayed while police talked with Yvette L. Plater, 25, of Severn, who was driving the other car.

Plater told police she, two friends, and her 1-year-old niece were in the drive-through line of a fast-food restaurant on Annapolis Road in Odenton behind a woman who appeared to be socializing with a restaurant employee. Plater sounded her horn and the woman ahead of them pulled out of line and waited in the parking lot.

When Plater pulled of the lot onto Annapolis Road, the other woman followed her. On Reece Road, the woman pulled up next to Plater's car, pointed a silver revolver at her and shouted a racial epithet, police said.

Plater accelerated, police said, and the woman pulled up next to her and threatened her with the gun again. When Plater saw the officer at the intersection of Circle Road, she stopped the car and yelled for help, police said.

The driver of the second car was arrested.

Man accused of attempting to hold up grocery store

County police arrested a Columbia man Friday on charges he tried to rob an Odenton grocery store with a pellet gun.

Eddie Thomas Dotson IV, 23, of the 6000 block of Majors Lane was charged with attempted armed robbery, police said.

Police said a man walked into the Super Fresh store in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road shortly after 9 a.m. and asked for a job application. A clerk gave him an application and left the office, police said.

When the clerk returned, the man pulled out a gun and demanded money. The clerk refused, yelled for help, and the man ran away, police said.

The clerk called police, and an assistant manager gave police a description of the suspect's car.

Police found a car fitting that description, stopped it on Higgins Drive near Route 175, and arrested the driver. Police also found a pellet gun behind the C and M Carry Out Seafood in the 400 block of Higgins Drive.

Police Log

Severn: Someone broke out a back-door window to get into a house in the 1700 block of Richfield Drive between noon and 10 p.m. Friday and steal a $1,000 diamond ring and $50.

Pub Date: 10/08/96

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