2 men, woman charged in fast-food robberies Police surveillance leads to arrests

February 19, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police have arrested three suspects in a string of fast-food restaurant robberies in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties in which the victims were herded into walk-in freezers and refrigerators.

Mikel Antonio Peterson, 21, whose last known address was in the 4200 block of Rokeby Road in Baltimore; Roy Lee Hines, 28, whose last known address was in the 3900 block of Reisterstown Road in Baltimore; and Passion Lee Moseley, 18, of the 7600 block of Spencer Road in Glen Burnie were charged with illegal possession of a handgun and illegally transporting a handgun on public roads. Peterson and Hines also were charged with armed robbery, use of a handgun in commission of a felony, felony theft and first-degree assault.

Moseley was charged as an accessory to armed robbery.

Peterson was being held at the county Detention Center on $500,000 bail, Hines was being held without bail. Bail information on Moseley was not immediately available.

The three were charged Monday in the Jan. 27 robbery of the McDonald's in the 7900 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Sun Valley. Police said they had closed four more robbery cases in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties with the arrests.

They are investigating whether the men are linked to any others, police said.

Anne Arundel County robbery detectives, members of the Special Operations Unit and the Northern District Tactical Patrol Unit were conducting surveillance on a Burger King in the 700 block of Nursery Road shortly before 10 p.m. Monday when they saw two men get out of a 1989 blue Ford Escort, go inside the restaurant and return to the car a few moments later without any food.

Matched descriptions

Officer Michael Barclay called for more officers as the driver pulled onto Nursery Road. He was suspicious of the men because they were frequent visitors to the store and because their height, weight and build matched descriptions of robbers in other fast-food robberies, police said.

The car returned to the lot a few minutes later and left again.

Police followed the Escort from the Burger King lot onto the Baltimore Beltway and pulled it over at the Wilkens Avenue exit, police said.

The front-seat passenger was squirming as if he were trying to hide something, and the driver said she didn't have a license, police said. Officers asked the three to get out of the car and searched them. The front-seat passenger was wearing an empty holster, police said.

Police said they found a silver-colored revolver under the front passenger seat and two ski masks elsewhere in the car.

They found a similar revolver on the second man, police said.

In each of the fast-food robberies in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, the gunmen wore ski masks or hoods and displayed silver-colored revolvers, police said.

Detectives said they think the woman was one of many getaway drivers the robbers used.

Confessions

Police said the three confessed to the Jan. 27 robbery in Sun Valley and that they have connected the men to the Jan. 20 robbery of the Linthicum McDonald's in the 700 block of Nursery Road and a second robbery at the Sun Valley McDonald's on Feb. 6.

The woman also is a suspect in the second Sun Valley robbery, police said.

The robbery at a McDonald's in the 500 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park Jan. 25 still is under investigation, police said.

Other charges pending

A Baltimore County police spokesman said the Police Department there expects to file charges within days.

Meanwhile, Baltimore detectives said they are investigating at least 15 fast-food robberies in which Peterson and Hines fit the descriptions of the robbers.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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