Man chased and trapped after armed robbery Witnesses followed him to his house 2 blocks away, waited for police

November 23, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Catonsville man was arrested Friday in the armed robbery of a Shell gas station after several witnesses chased a man and trapped him in his home, about two blocks from the station.

Shawn Krainer of the 600 block of Orpington Road was captured by police about 2: 10 p.m. after keeping officers at bay for more than 2 1/2 hours, Baltimore County police reported yesterday. Krainer was charged with armed robbery and first-degree assault and was being held at the Wilkens Precinct lockup in lieu of $50,000 bond, pending a bail review hearing tomorrow, police said.

Police said a man entered the Ten Hills Shell station in the 5300 block of Edmondson Ave. about 11: 30 a.m., threatened three employees with a knife and demanded money. One of the two cashiers on duty gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, and the man fled on Edmondson Avenue.

"We surrounded him and chased him," said Muhammed Malik, 57, a cashier at the station. "We kept our distance though because he had a knife that was more than 12 inches long. We were afraid he might have a gun."

At least five people chased the man and saw him enter his house, said Malik, who was working with his nephew at the station when it was robbed.

"My nephew and the mechanic stayed at the house with two or three other people while I went back to the gas station to call police," Malik said. "I directed the officers to the house."

Tactical units surrounded the house at 11: 33 a.m. and closed off the block. The man ran out of a back door shortly after 2 p.m. and was arrested, police said.

The robbery was the third at the gas station in five months, Malik said. He has worked at the station since January. The station was robbed June 30 and Nov. 15, he said.

Police could not confirm the Nov. 15 robbery late yesterday, said Bill Toohey, spokesman for Baltimore County police. A suspect was arrested in the June 30 robbery, Toohey said.

"There has been a jump in the number of robberies along that stretch" of U.S. 40, Toohey said. "We have intensified our coverage in the area and increased patrols."

He urged people to act with caution if assaulted.

"It's not a good idea for an untrained individual to confront an armed criminal," Toohey said. "In this case, there were a number of people involved in the pursuit, and they did not try to capture the suspect; they tried to follow him. That is a safer course than trying to confront someone."

Despite police warnings, Malik says that if the station is robbed ,, again, he and the other employees will try to catch the criminal.

"If it happened again, we would try our best to get hold of the suspect, regardless of the situation," he said. "You cannot let something like this go unpunished."

Pub Date: 11/23/97

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