Two Va. men charged in city robbery are suspects in Richmond slayings

November 14, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Two Virginia men arrested last month in an armed robbery in Northwest Baltimore -- both of whom were living in a motel on Reisterstown Road -- are suspects in two Richmond slayings, city police said yesterday.

Though the men have not been charged in the shooting deaths, police said authorities are planning to extradite them to Virginia on outstanding abduction warrants. They have been charged with handgun violations and robbery in Baltimore.

The case began Oct. 31 when Sgt. James Rood and Officers Kevin Hagan and Chris Wade, members of the Northwestern District's major crime unit, were flagged down by four teen-agers, who said they had been robbed near Northern Parkway and Reisterstown Road.

Police said they arrested two men who fit the description given by the teens after watching a man put a .357-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun on a shelf at an Exxon gas station convenience store near the intersection. Police said the second man had a .45-caliber handgun and a black ski mask.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman, said one of the men had a key from the Townhouse motel on Reisterstown Road. Police said when they searched Room 204, they found Virginia drivers' licenses, ski masks, latex gloves, duct tape, ammunition and a .38-caliber handgun.

Charged with armed robbery and handgun violations are Ockele Dobson, 21, and Christopher Burlile, 20, both of Richmond.

Cooper said police learned the men were wanted in warrants charging them with abduction and handgun violations in Richmond.

She also said Richmond homicide detectives said charges are pending against the two men in two slayings there.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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