Store manager chases suspect two miles

March 20, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Linthicum liquor store manager ran about two miles, crossing the border into neighboring Baltimore County in pursuit of a woman who he said kicked and broke the glass door -- and calling police on a cellular telephone to catch her.

"I wasn't going to let her get away with breaking a window," the manager, 38-year-old Charles F. Dorsey, said yesterday.

The woman entered Al's Liquors in the first block of Nursery Road about 1 p.m. Tuesday and told Dorsey she had been short-changed $6 the day before, the manager told police.

When Dorsey told her that the evening's cash register count had balanced, the woman became enraged, began yelling, walked to the front door and kicked the bottom corner -- shattering the glass on her third hit, he said.

"I had no idea who she was, and somebody was going to pay for that window," Dorsey said.

"I didn't expect it to break -- it's riot glass," he added, referring to the extra-strong glass.

Dorsey grabbed his cellular phone and took off after the woman, running along Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard into Baltimore County, across Virginia Avenue onto Baltimore Highlands Elementary School property, through some woods and across a stream.

All the while, Dorsey said, he stayed within five feet of the woman, calling out their location on his cellular phone to Baltimore County police. "The police were riding up and down McDowell Lane because they were waiting for us to come up out of the woods," Dorsey said. "We'd run, then she'd stop and walk real fast."

Dorsey said he had more than a dozen opportunities to grab the woman, but, "I wasn't going to touch her. I was worried about being charged with assault."

They emerged from the woods near an apartment complex, and the woman was arrested.

Robyn Kennette Davis, 30, of the first block of Hummingbird Court was charged with destruction of property.

Dorsey, who is not a runner, said the chase took its toll on him, but he would do it again. "She headed from one county to the next county," he said. "We would have lost track of her."

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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