Man with handgun robs Glen Burnie gas station

September 16, 1997|By Kristi Swartz and Tom Pelton | Kristi Swartz and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

A tall, heavy-set man pointed a large, black handgun at the attendant in a Glen Burnie gas station yesterday, demanded money and made off with an undisclosed amount, county police said.

A witness told police he spotted a man using the pay phone behind the Crown station in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. about 9: 30 a.m. The man moved his pickup truck onto the station lot, walked to the attendant's booth, drew the gun and demanded money.

The attendant filled a white bag with cash, and the man fled north on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in a blue Ford pickup.

No one was injured.

The truck was described as having an extended cab, rounded fenders, an open bed and tinted windows. It is full-size and has Maryland license tags, police said.

The incident was videotaped.

Anyone with information should call Detective Steven Hbuach at 410-222-3473.

A 27-year-old Annapolis man on probation after a five-year prison sentence for armed robbery killed himself yesterday, apparently because he feared police would send him back to jail.

Steven Santos shot himself in his apartment in the 200 block of Boxwood Road about 7: 20 a.m. Sgt. Robert Beans, spokesman for the city Police Department, said police think Santos thought they had a warrant for his arrest on charges of burglarizing his girlfriend's home. A burglary conviction would have violated the terms of Santos' probation, and he would have been sent back to prison, Beans said.

Santos was mistaken. Police did not have a warrant for his arrest and had not sought to get one, Beans said.

After receiving a call from a neighbor about a gunshot in Santos' apartment, police knocked on his door and heard a second shot, police said.

Worried that Santos might be firing his weapon out the window, 29 members of an emergency team wearing bulletproof vests evacuated four nearby apartments, closed Boxwood Road and used bullhorns to try to coax Santos out of the building.

After more than three hours of silence from Santos' apartment, police used a key provided by the landlord and entered about 11 a.m., Beans said.

Officers found Santos' body with two self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Beans said.

No suicide note was found, police said.

He was despondent over the situation with his girlfriend and did not want to go back to jail," Beans said.

A man county police said probably was hiding a weapon in a towel wrapped around his hand robbed an Amoco station on Fort Smallwood Road yesterday.

The man walked into Boyers Amoco, in the 7400 block of Fort Smallwood Road, just before 1 a.m. with the towel around his hand, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money, police said.

The clerk gave him an undetermined amount from the cash drawer, and the man fled.

Pasadena woman raped in park, police say

A 20-year-old Pasadena woman was raped yesterday in Jacobsville Park, then forced to ride in her car with her assailant, county police said.

The woman told police she was in the park at 2: 30 a.m. when a man grabbed her, forced her to the ground at knifepoint and raped her, police said.

The man then hit the woman on the head with an umbrella and forced her into her car, police said.

The woman told police she pretended to be unconscious as the man drove off.

Near the Key Bridge, the victim said, she grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it to the right, causing the vehicle to go into a ditch, police said. The man got out of the car and fled.

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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