A robber sprayed an Odenton gas station clerk in the face...

March 28, 1997

A robber sprayed an Odenton gas station clerk in the face with pepper spray Wednesday and took an undisclosed amount of money from the station's cash drawer, county police said.

Amy L. Eding, 20, told police she was watching television in the station's convenience store in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road shortly before 9 p.m. when a man wearing a red jacket, black knit cap and a bandanna walked in and ordered her to open the cash register.

"He opened up the door and then he told me to open up my register," Eding said yesterday. "I'm not going to fight with him. He said he had a gun."

When Eding complied, the man walked behind the counter and sprayed pepper spray in her face, police said.

He emptied the register and fled.

"I was freaking out," Eding said. "I didn't know what was going to happen. I tried to call 911 three times. You do not know how frustrating that was. I tried to open my eyes, and it burned."

A customer entered the store, and Eding asked him to call the police, who searched with dogs but did not find the assailant. Paramedics helped Eding flush the chemicals from her eyes, and she was not hospitalized. One of her eyes remained swollen yesterday, she said.

County police arrested an Edgewater woman Wednesday on charges of trying to pass a fake prescription three weeks ago.

Brenda Jena Abendschein, 34, of the 1700 block of Quantico Ave. was charged with two counts of obtaining drugs by fraud.

A woman claiming to be from a doctor's office called in a prescription for 90 tablets of Alprazolam, an anti-anxiety

medication and 100 pills of Lorcet, a pain-killer, to the Weems Creek pharmacy in the 600 block of Ridgely Ave. in the first week of March, police said yesterday. Chuck Johnson, a pharmacist at the store, became suspicious and called the doctor's office. He learned the prescription was not valid and refused to fill it for a woman who came in asking for it.

Police log

Annapolis: Thieves kicked in the front doors of two houses under construction in the 600 and 700 blocks of Howard's Loop Road between between midnight and 3 a.m. Wednesday and stole a refrigerator, electric range, and dishwasher from each, all valued at $1,200.

Pub Date: 3/28/97

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