FBI releases sketch of gunman in armored truck hijacking Company offers reward in N. Baltimore holdup

March 25, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

The FBI has released a sketch and a detailed description of one of two gunmen who hijacked an armored truck last week in North Baltimore, tied up a guard and escaped with bags of money and guns.

Also, Dunbar Armored Inc. announced a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The company would not say how much the reward is, however, because it would be a percentage of the amount of the stolen money that is returned -- a figure the company wouldn't make public.

FBI Special Agent Joseph M. O'Hara, who is in charge of the bank robbery division for the Baltimore field office, also would not disclose how much was taken in Thursday's holdup, which occurred on the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant at Greenmount Avenue and East 29th Street in Waverly.

But police sources close to the investigation said $500,000 was taken, though a portion of that was in checks, which can't be cashed.

The robbery occurred about 9 a.m. when two Dunbar guards were making a delivery to the restaurant.

Police said one gunman fought with the female guard outside the truck, forced her inside and tied her hands with plastic "flex cuffs."

Police said the gunmen forced the male guard to drive several blocks, where the suspects stole bags of money and the guard's handguns and escaped in a 1989 or 1990 dark-blue Honda Accord driven by a woman.

The male guard drove to a business in the 1000 block of E. 30th St., where an employee called police.

The FBI had a description of one of the suspects: a black male in his mid- to late 20s, about 5 feet 7, a slim build, a shaved head, medium complexion and no facial hair. He wore a maroon hooded sweat shirt, a copper-colored leather jacket and dark pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 410-265-8080 or the Baltimore Police Department's robbery unit at 396-2636.

Pub Date: 3/25/97

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