Restaurant manager held at gunpoint by robber Gunman forces her to activate time-delay safe

March 11, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

The manager of a Brooklyn Park Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet was accosted and held at gunpoint Sunday morning as a robber waited 14 minutes for the lock to open on a time-delay safe, county police reported.

Manager Amy Blakeney told police she was getting out of her car about 8 a.m., preparing to open the restaurant in the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway, when a man with a dark handgun ran from the rear of the building and ordered her inside.

The gunman told Blakeney to turn off the store alarm and open the safe. When she told him the lock was timed, the gunman forced her activate to it. They crouched under a counter for 14 minutes waiting for the lock to open, the robber pointing the gun at her the entire time, police said.

When the safe was opened, the man took an undisclosed amount of money and fled.

In a weekend crackdown on lewd behavior, county police arrested three men at Glen Burnie shopping malls on charges that they exposed themselves to undercover police officers in public restrooms.

The arrests were made Saturday during surveillance at Marley Station and Harundale malls.

Police said an undercover detective was solicited for a sex act about 5: 30 p.m. by a man in a restroom at the Hecht's department store in Marley Station, about that same time that another man looked into the officer's toilet stall and exposed himself.

The other incident occurred about two hours later in a restroom at Harundale, where a man exposed himself to a detective.

Those arrested were identified by police as Ralph A. Carroll, 35, of the 600 block of Crucible Court in Millersville, charged with solicitation for lewdness; Robert M. Hopkins, 41, of the 200 block of Silverleaf Court in Arnold, charged with being a peeping tom, indecent exposure and resisting arrest; and George C. Payeur, 57, 200 block of Lake Riviera Drive in Pasadena, charged with indecent exposure.

Man charged in rape of 16-year-old girl

A 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl in her Glen Burnie apartment, county police said.

Police said the girl was drinking with her boyfriend and another man Saturday night. When the boyfriend went to get a pizza early Sunday, the girl went to sleep in her bedroom. She awoke about 2 a.m. to find the acquaintance raping her, police said.

The man fled when the boyfriend returned. Police said he was found asleep in a roommate's car, about a mile away.

James Nathan Harrison, 23, of the 400 block of Summerwind Way was charged with second-degree rape, police said.

Police investigating neighbors' complaints about after-hours drug and alcohol use arrested five adults and six juveniles Saturday night at the county's Overlook Park in Linthicum.

County Officers Mike Belcher and Eric Gennett were checking on the park, which is closed after dark, when they stopped a man who was entering it about 10: 30 p.m. A bag he was carrying was found to contain alcohol and marijuana, police said.

The man told police he was on his way to a party in the park, where the officers found and arrested the four other adults and six juveniles. All were charged with trespassing and possession of alcohol and marijuana, police said.

The adults were identified by police as Christopher John Pletka, 20, of the first block of Mountain Road in Linthicum; Matthew S. Tyler, 18, of the 100 block of Regency Circle, Linthicum; Shaun Anderson, 18, of the first block of Mansion Road, Linthicum; Nicole D. Parks, 22, 5800 block of Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore; and Nicole Hurdel, 18, 5300 block of Hutton Ave., Baltimore.

County officers chased and arrested a man after a burglar was seen carrying an acoustic guitar from Jason's Music Center in a shopping strip along Ritchie Highway early Sunday, police said.

Police said Officer Joseph Larkin had driven past the store in Lake Waterford Plaza in the 8200 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after midnight and seen a man peeping inside. Larkin returned to see a man running out with a guitar.

The man ran through the woods behind the store, hitting the guitar against a tree and dropping it, police said.

Steven Cohen, owner of the music store, said money was missing from a safe.

William Bryant Wriston, 37, of the 700 block of Wellham Ave. in Glen Burnie was charged with two burglary counts, felony theft and destruction of property.

Pub Date: 3/11/97

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